Honey-Boo-Boo, Deep-Fried Oreo Cookies and Child Obesity. Here Comes the Truth.


March 1, 2015 by gregrabidoux2013

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Honey Boo Boo prepping for a beauty pageant

Here Comes Honey Boo-Boo. Or, more accurately, there she grows. At 9 years old and only 4 foot 6 inches but tipping the scales at 130 pounds, it’s tough to miss her. Her reality show, Here Comes Honey Boo-Boo, was canceled over a year ago after her mother, June Shannon, aka, Mama June, was found to be dating a convicted child molester who had sexually assaulted one of her female relatives. friends of the family say that Boo-Boo (Alana) misses the spotlight and is binging on junk-food even more than usual to fill her need to be loved.

But I digress.

It’s easy to lose focus when discussing the vertically but arguably, not horizontally challenged Ms. Alana (Average weight for a girl her age, height and structure? 65 pounds, btw). What with Mama June being mom to 4 daughters with 4 different men, her divorce from husband “Sugar Bear,” teen daughter Anna being paid $500.00 a week under the table to keep her own baby a secret, another daughter with a baby whose biological father abandoned her an dis now in prison, and a gay relative/hairstylist for Honey Boo-Boo allegedly in a sex for hire ring, it’s easy to also forget that Alana, aka (actually better known as) Honey Boo-Boo is a real, live little kid. Well, a kid at least, who just taped a television segment on the set of “The Doctors.”

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Mama June Shannon at 340 pounds says “Most men can’t handle my love.” ‘Nuff said.


The reason, you ask?

Well, the announced reason was so that the “doctors” could “perform” a medical intervention into the medically obese life of young Alana while lecturing Mama June on the secret joys of “tossing a salad” as just one small step to take in order to become a better caregiver for Honey Boo-Boo.

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And, maybe, just maybe, save her life.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, child obesity has become the number one threat to our children’s health, even topping the use of drugs and guns. In 1980 about 7% of our children were deemed to be obese. Today, that number has ballooned up to 25%. The CDC says that American kids between the ages of 5-14 are at the historically highest risk of prediabetes, the onset of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, elevated blood sugar levels, dangerous levels of bad cholesterol which can all lead to premature cancer, heart attacks, strokes and osteoarthritis.

And our obese children grow up to become obese adults.

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Eating like there is no tomorrow. Sadly, there may not be.


In fact, nearly 40% of all adults in America are now considered to be obese.

Of course, the thinly veiled reason for Alana’s appearance on “the Doctors” was to “test run” an appearance of her TV persona (Honey Boo-Boo) and Mama June to better evaluate whether a) viewers still have an appetite for more Honey Boo-Boo show and b) if, enough time has passed so our collective memory about Mama June dating a convicted child molester and leaving him alone with her daughters has faded enough to forget if not forgive.

But let me take the announced reason first since aside from any side-splitting or pants-splitting laughs more Boo-Boo might cook up, Ms. Alana may actually provide the most important lesson to viewers of all ages if we give her half a chance. No, it’s not how best to prepare road-kill (an early episode) nor how best to wash down ‘sghetti (a later episode) and not even how to get pee-pee out of a sofa (sadly, this was human not dog).


Alana’s struggle with her child obesity and self-destructive eating habits can at least serve to remind the rest of us that in real-life ( I mean real life, not largely scripted, bogus “reality-shows”) child and adult obesity is just simply no laughing matter.

Folks, 3 out of every 5 of our children cannot do 5 push-ups, or 10 sit-ups or jog (not even run) 50 yards without getting winded to the point where they need rest.

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Not even 50 yards.


The culprits?

Geez, it’s easier to point the finger at those things not to blame.

According to the American Heart Association and The American Medical Association our kids are not getting nearly enough exercise on a daily basis, are eating unhealthy foods, consuming nearly 3 and 4 times the portions they need during daily meals and are guzzling unhealthy sugary, carbonated drinks (sodas) along with absolutely unnecessary caffeinated infused energy drinks like Rockstar and Jolt at alarmingly unhealthy rates.

fat kid with chicken

Exercise is for losers, right, dad?


But then you didn’t have to hear it from the experts did you?

We let our kids sit for hours in front of their videogames and Ipads shooting, maiming and vaporizing virtual monsters so long as they are not bothering us. They grab soda and energy drinks and eat whatever pre-processed junk they get their hands on for breakfast. Hey, it’s fast and who has time to make homemade, healthy meals anymore?

Most schools no longer have such “luxuries” as mandatory physical education or even recess. So, kids sit for 6-8 hours then ride a bus then come home then sit for 3-5 more hours in front of a TV or video-game or a lap-top or some combination thereof.

And unless their parents or siblings are staying active and eating healthy they get a very clear message-You are fine just the way you are. Just try not to bother Mummy and Daddy. Here, have another bucket of KFC and a 62 ounce Gulp-sized Mountain-Dew. Deep-fried Oreo cookies for desert?

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Really? We need to drink this? Our kids too?

Now, why can’t our kids sleep at night, concentrate and skills and do better in Math and Science again? I’m sure those Chinese must be behind this troubling trend somehow. Or maybe that no-good Michelle Obama, didn’t she try to force schools to offer healthy alternatives for our kids?

Look, it’s not easy being a kid or a parent these days. It often seems at times the whole world is conspiring to make us all unhealthy and sedentary. And I am not just singling out folks like Mama June, all 340 pounds of her as she dumps bowls of deep-fried Oreo cookies out for Alana since those are her favorite snack. And I won’t even bring up our American love affair with all-you-can-eat buffet bars and bottomless-bowls of pasta.

fat kid at McDs

You gonna eat that? On my way to adulthood. And obesity. Thanks McDonalds and Mom and Dad.

The real question is when will enough truly be enough?

How much will it take to satisfy our collective appetite for excess?

I doubt the medical “intervention” did much to change the eating and lifestyle habits of Alana, her siblings and her mother. But I’ll try and stay optimistic.

In fact, if they do ever bring her reality show I hope they’ll have to change the title to “Here Comes a Much Thinner Honey Boo-Boo.

For her sake. And maybe for ours as well.

PS: After the Tiger there are a couple of hyperlinks you may want to check out for more facts about child obesity and ways to prevent it.


















97 thoughts on “Honey-Boo-Boo, Deep-Fried Oreo Cookies and Child Obesity. Here Comes the Truth.

  1. Callen M says:

    As someone that works in a school system I see this reality all too often! Just this year 2 students, out of maybe 25, in my husband’s 8th grade class were diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes! The change has to start at home. I would suggest that probably 95% or more of these obese children come from homes where the snack selections consist of Cheetos, soft drinks, and cookies. The dinner options probably consist of processed foods and very few fresh fruits and veggies. I am not saying that eat clean 100% of the time probably not even 90%, but I do try to keep a good balance and cook a lot of fresh foods. I battled with weight issues on and off as a child, but I like most of these kids grew up in a home where vegetables came out of a can and there was a starch (or two) with every meal. I see it all the time when I am at the store shopping. Buggies full of nothing but boxes and cans all picked up from the inside isles of the store. Parents need to become better educated on the risks of their choices and how they affect their children. Schools can only do so much with helping a child choose a healthy lifestyle. The individuals who purchase the food often times have the final say.

    • Brandi S says:

      Callen this is true it does start at home and people may fill their children up with snacks because it is cheaper than buying the healthier foods. I know I have went shopping and the healthier you eat the more it cost. Then eating healthy takes a lot of time and most people that works full time with families do not have time to prepare these meals. I am not trying to make excuses but I just want you to see the other side of things.

    • Michelle Elliott says:

      It is interesting to go into any convenience store before school starts in the morning. Just stay in there for awhile. You will be stunned at the numbers of both children and adults getting “breakfast” at the convenience store in the form of some sugary, carbonated concoction (I have seen “ices” purchased) and Cheetos/ doritos. So, I do not always fall back on my previous position that eating well is too expensive for the poor. You can rack up a $4 or $5 “breakfast” in a convenience store pretty easily.

    • autron01 says:

      I agree with your post. It does start at home. I’m surprised at the meals kids these days call food. I have seen where a pack of now- laters will be used as dinner.In order to counter this they come out with cheap diets without fruits and vegetables.

  2. Brandi S says:

    In today’s society we live in a McDonalization world where we want everything fast and cheap.When it comes to eating you want it now and you do not want to wait for it. when you eat out we all complain about how long it is taking with the food, I know I have done it. We must realize the different homes these kids come from and what type of life style they live. Every one does not eat healthy. I am one of those people. No I do not eat fast food all the time. Actually I cook a lot but the things I cook are deep fried and soul food dishes. In the Black culture cooking is one of or things that we do well and eat lots of it. I do not drink sodas much but I love kool-aid and sports drinks. I hate most vegetables and all fruits I do not eat. When I go to the doctor do I am healthy as an ox but I can tend to shed some pounds. Eating right does start at home and I have made some changes to my diet. I drink 1% milk and have cut back on the carbs. People have to want to make these lifestyle changes though it does not matter how fat or obese a person may be until they want to change they won’t.

  3. Chris R says:

    I agree that the obesity rates among not only children but adults is an issue. I believe that the root of the issue is that unhealthy food in not very filling and is super cheap. This leads to over-consumption which doesn’t feel like it. You do not physically feel like you have eaten much and you have not spent much money. That is the root of the problem. From there is branches into the problems we have which are societal. First, once someone is overweight, they are stigmatized instead of encouraged to be healthier. They find themselves in a hole which expect them to get out of while we watch and criticize. Second, unhealthy food is marketed much more than the alternative. So there is more awareness of food that is not as good for you. And finally, there is the aspect that so much of our entertainment is from sitting down, and more physical stuff is being taken out of schools.

    Personally I think that a healthier lifestyle is a personal choice that needs to be made, but once it is there is still a lot we can do to make it a more desirable and easier choice to make. I feel like Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move is a step in the right direction. Especially for youth today. However, it is hard to find an equivalent for adults outside of programs directly targeted to lose weight which is more of a vanity decision than a healthy lifestyle decision. It is about marketing that choice in a way that makes the actual lifestyle desirable over just the results. It seems that this is what the Obama campaign is doing. Emphasizing that it’s just fun to move, we’ve forgotten that and need to rediscover it. That and that there is a uniqueness to watching food you eat grow and become something from where nothing was. There is still a long way to go, but that campaign is a great step in the right direction and seems to be making an impact on children. While there is the controversy over the school lunches, everything else seems to emphasize what needs to be emphasized. Moving around is important and not a chore. Eating food that is natural can really taste good, be desirable, and give a feeling of accomplishment if grown yourself.

  4. Andrew N says:

    My first issue with the entire concept of Honey Boo-Boo is that TLC has packaged poverty as entertainment. Part of the problem is these are real-life people (and there are many more like them through rural Georgia and other parts of the country). All of the people involved – those at TLC and the viewing public – do nothing to help the very obvious issues these people face. Rather people just sit back and laugh at their TVs or, in the case of TLC executives, watch the profits roll in at the expense of poor people.

    There are many causes for childhood obesity, and one of the reasons that the problem is so hard to address is that it goes beyond just physical activity. The problem also involves lack of finances and lack of access to healthy food. Some poor people have very little left at the end of the pay period, so going to a fast food restaurant where an entire family can eat for $5 is a much more feasible option than going to the grocery store. The cost of produce and other healthy foods is far greater than eating off the dollar menu. People living in poor rural areas may have to travel greater areas to get to a grocery store. Even people living in certain areas of downtown Atlanta that don’t have cars may find themselves doing their grocery shopping at a gas station where healthy items are not readily available.

  5. Timothy C says:

    I remember when it was unusual to see obese children. The first thing that would cross many adult minds were that the child had a “glandular problem” or was somehow ill. Of course, most of these children were just chubby, but the prevalence was just so low in my community. When I was a child, we were always outside pretty much all year long. Of course this may be due to the lack of technology available at the time- television had only a few channels and we had to actually think to play board games. When I consider the technology available to youth today, its very clear why they don’t go outside very much- I probably wouldn’t either! Also, there was much less concern about people preying upon groups of children unaccompanied by an adult in my day. Today’s parents in their efforts to love their children while keeping them safe are literally turning them into couch potatoes. It’s also noteworthy that my mother ASKED/TOLD me to go outside as a child- I don’t know that parents do this anymore. If we ask them to go out, would they even go?

  6. Candus K. says:

    Child obesity in America continues to grow. I am very aware of this situation and attempt to keep my children fit and their diets balanced, but sometimes it is difficult. I buy the healthy foods at the grocery store, but sometimes driving through McDonald’s is the best choice with regard to time. Is it right? No, all Americans need to make the time to eat right and exercise, but there are only so many hours in a day. Sometimes I feel like a quick drive thru visit is the only way I can feed the kids (and myself) and get everything else done. Shame on me!

  7. Dalton C says:

    Being pretty big as a child myself, I’ll acknowledge that being an obese child is very tough. However, after I got a little taller, I slimmed up, something that some of my friends weren’t lucky enough to do. The sad (and good) thing about obesity is that is the most preventable health problem EVER. Looking back on the dietary choice I used to make, it was nobody’s fault but my own. People simply have to make better choices for themselves to ensure their own future. It’s just that simple.

  8. Kalan N. says:

    Child obesity is a rampant problem in the United States. In my opinion, parents of these obese kids are to blame. Parents around the nation are allowing their children to eat an innutritious diet and the kids are suffering. One could point the finger at companies who are developing numerous video games and different types of technology that keep children glued to the couch. However, companies are looking to make profit, period. Companies such as EA, Activision, Apple, and Microsoft have no sympathy for your obese children. The responsibility rest solely with the parents of these children to not only make them exercise regularly, join their children in exercising and make it a family activity.

  9. Essence K. says:

    Thank you for shedding light on a growing issue in the United States. We cannot blame the children for their obesity levels. The blame should be directed towards the parents. Some form of punishment should be given to parents. They are setting their children up to have to deal with health problems before they are even able to check themselves in at a doctor’s office on their own. It has really gotten out of hand. You would think that the increasing numbers of child obesity would make school districts reconsider mandatory recess or physical education for children. This would at least make children become active for a few minutes a day. By reinstating this, the levels of child obesity would drop tremendously. This does not mean that the attention and the blame should be taken off of the parents. In order for these numbers to reverse, everyone has to take responsibility and work together to make our children healthier.

  10. Joshlyn D says:

    Obesity! America’s worst worm. Childhood obesity is at its all time high. To understand the true size of the American obesity epidemic, we first need to understand what it really means to be overweight. Generally, doctors and nutritionists classify people as either underweight, healthy weight, overweight, or obese. These different classifications are determined by body mass index. For Honey-Boo-Boo to be only 9 years old 4″6 and 130lbs is beyond sad. Too many stories in the news where people are dropping dead because of health issues like fat around the heart, diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol. Why would one allow their child to eat continuously unhealthy food that fattens them up and cause sometimes longtime complications? I personally never got a chance to catch an episode of the show but when it was being aired I was kept in the loop by family members who faithfully watched. From my understanding the show was vulgar and maybe a little bit too much for it to be based off a 9 year old girl. For the sake of her life and health, someone near and dear to her should truly place her on a respectable diet. Passing no judgement but obviously her mother is not fit to enforce such a diet since she herself faces weight and eating challenges.

    Joshlyn Dennis

  11. Alesia says:

    The argument is always made that eating healthy is more expensive. While this is true, I don’t think the price tag is the main culprit. I worked in a grocery store for 5 years, and the trend I noticed was not the means to buy food, but the class of people buying the food. In certain areas nutrition is just not stressed. In the lower income neighborhoods where a family is more likely to receive government entitlements such as WIC and Food stamps, there is not much education and information easily accessible on nutrition. I have personally witnessed a family with $600 plus dollars of food stamps come in my line. When it happens to be the last day before food stamps are replenished, the customer would ask me the total without tax and compare to what they have available. In addition to a conveyor belt full of Soda, Juices with colors as flavors, and snacks, it was common place for a family to grab a handful of candy from the check-out Isle to reach that dollar limit until next month’s supply. I assume these families simply have no idea the long-term damage they are doing to themselves and their children.

    In the same line I would often see a middle class family or customer dig to the bottom of their pockets or purse. They would sometimes have to put certain items back, but there were less processed foods in their carts. I would often catch them reading and re-reading labels. Education is the best weapon against childhood obesity.


  12. Hilary Waits says:

    First of all, how spot on was this post? VERY spot on. I have been doing research papers for years in undergrad on childhood obesity and what can we do to improve how many children have it. First things first, parents need to stop being lazy and need to be parents. Children learn from their parents and if the parents are not cooking healthy meals, drinking 7 sodas a day and making zero effort to making sure their kids get exercise. Then that is the problem and the parents who have obese kids are probably obese themselves. A story my mother always tells me is that whenever I was three years old, all I wanted to do was sit on the couch and watch television. My parents put me in dance and in gymnastics in order for me to get exercise, at three years old I went twice a week to these classes. I am so thankful for that now because this taught me throughout my childhood and my teenage years time management and how to juggle one than one activity on top of school work. It starts at childhood being healthy and making healthy decisions such as what to order when you’re in college and do not have much money. Order the $6 salad or the $6 full meal? Go to the gym or go drink 8 beers? It is all about parents not being lazy and teaching their children how to cook and how to be active. Making them go outside and making them get involved in activities other than video games. I was at a restaurant in Macon last weekend and a group of families were all sitting at the same table. The parents were talking and all of the kids were at the other end of the table with their iPads. I was very confused because the kids were not communicating with each other but were just playing games. Not only is this what they probably do at home but how are they learning communication skills? With that being said, Mama June needs to be a better example.

  13. hlwaits says:

    First of all, how spot on was this post? VERY spot on. I have been doing research papers for years in undergrad on childhood obesity and what can we do to improve how many children have it. First things first, parents need to stop being lazy and need to be parents. Children learn from their parents and if the parents are not cooking healthy meals, drinking 7 sodas a day and making zero effort in making sure their kids get exercise. Then that is the problem and the parents who have obese kids are probably obese themselves. A story my mother always tells me is that whenever I was three years old, all I wanted to do was sit on the couch and watch television. My parents put me in dance and in gymnastics in order for me to get exercise, at three years old I went twice a week to these classes. I am so thankful for that now because this taught me throughout my childhood and my teenage years time management and how to juggle one than one activity on top of school work. It starts at childhood being healthy and making healthy decisions such as what to order when you’re in college and do not have much money. Order the $6 salad or the $6 full meal? Go to the gym or go drink 8 beers? It is all about parents not being lazy and teaching their children how to cook and how to be active. Making them go outside and making them get involved in activities other than video games. I was at a restaurant in Macon last weekend and a group of families were all sitting at the same table. The parents were talking and all of the kids were at the other end of the table with their iPads. I was very confused because the kids were not communicating with each other but were just playing games. Not only is this what they probably do at home but how are they learning communication skills? With that being said, Mama June needs to be a better example.

  14. Brittney C says:

    Childhood obesity is certainly getting a bit out of control. Every public location I visit I see at least one obese child, particularly in walmart. I honestly do not think parents realize how important it is to keep their children at a healthy weight and help their child (ren) get active. While working as a teacher at Childcare Network, the majority of the students in my class did not know how to jump rope, and I was completely shocked. Once again this goes back to electronic devices replacing outdoor time. Many parents have the mentality that their child will lose the weight as he/she gets older, but that is not always the case. Parents are neglecting potential health issues that could result presently or in the future from excess weight and lipids in the body. Honey boo boo is fairly large for her age, but her mom does not even seem to care about her own personal health; therefore, I do not expect her to take much control of honey boo boo’s health. However, I have learned that socioeconomic status plays a part in obesity. Individuals who are on the lower spectrum of the socioeconomic ladder tend to be more obese than individuals who are on the upper spectrum. So children who are descendants of parents on the lower end of the ladder is automatically at a disadvantage health wise. Parents really need to wake up, because many obese children tend to have low self-esteem and usually get involved with self-destructive behavior. Healthy foods are a bit more expensive, but they are vital to our growing and developing children. I admire Michelle Obama for her “get active: initiative, and for attempting to request healthier lunches to be served in public schools.

    • lexis L says:

      Great response. I completely agree with your thoughts about this topic on childhood obesity. The mother is definitely setting a horrible example for her children. Childhood obesity is definitely correlated to lower self-esteem and self confidence. Kids need to be active and eating healthy and it is up to parents to incorporate this type of behavior in their lifestyle. Hopefully the rates of childhood obesity will decrease, but with excessive video games and poor dieting, it is almost impossible to change. It is time to live a healthier lifestyle and parents must get involved in their children’s life to make a change.

  15. Ambreshia says:

    Childhood obesity is very much so prevalent this day in time. There are way more children that are obese now a days than before. I feel as if the habits trickle downward in the household. If they parents are making an example out of themselves and showing that it is acceptable for them to adopt this type of lifestyle then there really is no competition. Many parents do are not aware that children stay in “watch mode” meaning they are learning by the choices we make daily. I have a 5 year old son and I was taught my first lessons when he began to walk and taught that i must watch what i do and say around him. We are our children’s first teachers so if we expect for them to behave, listen and have good manners then it is up to us as parents to model the same behavior. If our children see us stuffing our face with nothing but unhealthy food and caffeine filled drinks then those habits will be attach themselves very quickly. As far as honey boo and her family there would need to be a lifestyle change put into place for the entire family and a show broadcast onto television about that. It was a great deed for the doctors to take on honey boo boo and display interest in her lifestyle but by addressing only one aspect of the pie is not going to fix the problem. I can see the results leading in a positive direction but once she is put back into that unhealthy lifestyle that her family has partaken in since she was a baby she fall right back into those bad habits. Her mom just needs a wake up call. She needs to understand that its not about her but about the kids that she has and that its time for a turn around. Needless to say many people will make excuses about having a healthy lifestyle but at the end of the day its all about choices, making the right ones and sticking to the plan.

    • Lexis L says:

      I really enjoyed reading your personal insight on this topic. The phrase “we are our children’s first teachers.” is such a powerful statement. I think parents have such a huge responsibility at setting the standards for their children in order for them to determine what is right versus what is wrong. Your post was very moving. I made a lot of similar points in my post as well as far as Honey Boo-Boo lifestyle choices go. I think the mom needs to truly step it up!

  16. Lexis L says:

    Obesity in general is getting out of hand. Adults set the standard for their children and sometimes they are not the best role models. Instead of parents making a nice healthy meal, they result to picking up fast food. Poor eating habits and limited exercise are directly correlated to higher obesity rates. Childhood obesity is definitely an ongoing epidemic. Children are playing video games instead of playing outside. Kids are not getting the proper exercise that they need to incorporate in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Even some schools have cut back on their physical activity classes, along with recess. It is important that schools offer healthy lunches and involve physical activity in order to lower the childhood obesity rates. Sometimes it is hard to live a healthy, active lifestyle but it only takes twenty minutes a day to get a short workout in. Walking running, skipping, jumping and other aerobic activities are great ways to stay in shape. Parents should emphasize a healthier lifestyle for their family. Being healthy can result in a longer life span. Seeing Honey Boo-Boo and her family on television is almost sad. The mother has clearly let herself go and as a result her kids are affected by her choices. The mother is setting a horrible example for her family. The kids probably think that they live a normal life besides the whole television show. It is sad to see the mother almost killing herself and her family. Unfortunately, the price of healthy food is more expense than fast food and junk, but you cannot put a price on living longer. Studies have revealed that healthy food and working out results in being happier. Hopefully, the childhood obesity rates will go down. People can use Honey Boo-Boo and her mother to be their motivation to be the opposite of them. It is important to live a healthy, active lifestyle. Choose the healthy way!

  17. E.B. Sands says:

    Obesity is an epidemic that has both obvious and hidden causes. What’s crazy about the obesity issues in the United States is that there are more fitness centers and diet plans available than ever before. I’ve watched documentaries on the obesity epidemic, and one of the primary reasons for this is the inclusion of sugar in everything we consume. High fructose corn syrup is put in almost everything, and all that does is sit in our midsections. The next time you eat or drink something with the nutritional label on it, look at the sugar column, and ask yourself why sugar is the only ingredient on the label that does not have a daily percentage next to it?Sugar companies and the Food & Drug Administration have partnered to hide this info from you because if you knew how much sugar you were consuming in every meal, you would be appalled.Sedentary lifestyles and poor diets all play a part in the obesity epidemic. This sugar, however, is a silent killer.

  18. Savianna T says:

    Children do not prepare or buy their own food so I believe the parents are to blame. 9 times out of 10 the child has the same eating habits as the parent. I have a daughter and I’ve noticed that I feed her things that I eat. Sometimes I have to stop and remember that she is a different person and may have different likes and dislikes from me so I remind myself to buy certain foods for her that I think are healthy even if I dislike them. It all starts with ones parenting. We feed them. We set in stone how their first few years of life are going to go. Flavored water has been one of the biggest helpers for me because my child is not as pleased with water as I would like her to be. I do however understand the struggle. Healthy foods, even in restaurants are the most expensive. Yet you could get a burger, 4 nuggets, fries, and a soda for 4 dollars at a fast food restaurant. So of course those in poverty are going to take that route and I don’t blame them, but then I do. How many options are really out there for healthy eating? Why is it so expensive? Even with grocery shopping. I could just be cynical but I think they want us to get sick. The more unhealthy we are the more medical bills we are going to rack up while the medical industry profits from our stupidity. Even the food we think are healthy are being injected with things and altered. Are we doomed no matter what we do? Do we need to start growing our own food in the back of our houses at this point? Its sad that child obesity is rising but is it that easy to just buy healthy foods if our pockets aren’t in place to afford such, if our cooking skills aren’t what we call edible? Buying fast food is a quick fix for many and habit that is hard to break. The lack of exercise alone is a troubling factor. At least it would outweigh some of the bad eating habits if engaged in.

  19. Welch says:

    What I cannot understand about Honey Boo Boo is how she ever got a TV show in the first place. Why was the American public so enthralled by these people? Does it give them a sense of satisfaction to feel better than these people or is it the typical train wreck scenario that you just can’t look away from? The show definitely did highlight the problem of, not just childhood obesity, but adult obesity as well. It also exposes the role that adults play in the increase in childhood obesity. Several factors are indicated in the article. First, parental apathy. Parents give their children whatever they want to keep them quite and out of the way. They don’t only give them food but also game consoles, TV and other electronics. Second, diets have changed significantly in the past 50 years. The change from fresh foods to pre-packaged foods and fast food has caused an increase in empty calories and a decrease in nutrients. Third, due to the previous two factors portion sizes are way out of control. Children think nothing about eating a whole bag of chips while playing video games. These habits will stay with them as they age and are hard to break. The parents are definitely the weak link in the fight against obesity. Some parents are too self involved to monitor their children’s food intake and choices. Some give in so that they don’t have to fight with their children about what they eat. Of course if you offer a kid a choice between pizza and a chicken breast and tomatoes, I can guarantee 9 out of ten will pick pizza. I’m not saying don’t have pizza but sometimes kids don’t need a choice they need to be fed a healthy home-cooked dinner. Obviously some children struggle with real weight issues so we should not look at every kid and assume all they eat is junk an way too much of it, but neither should we glorify those that do with a TV show.

  20. A. Hughes says:

    From youth to 18, I was c-h-u-n-k-y! – I grew up just as you described. Go to school, minimal outdoor time, ride a bus to and from school, and when I got home grandma gave me a candy bar, soda, and said I could watch TV. I loved the Animaniacs and Tiny Toons!

    Yet, at the age of 18 and a height of 5’4″ and weighing a whopping 224 lbs, I had enough. I signed up at a local YMCA, got some advice, and changed my life. By the age 19 I got down to 155 and I was comfortable. (I should have been at 135-140 but I LOVE yummy fattening food! Ha!)

    Now at the age of 31, I’m up a little at 177. Life happened, but I recently got a FitBit and I’m back at it (‘it’ being exercising and cutting back on the unhealthy food.)

    My weight has always been a bit of a roller coaster. I’m an emotional eater. In my younger days I kind of wished my parents would have taught me some healthy lifestyle choices but I’m not sure they even knew that it was something they had to worry about. Does that make sense? My dad loves us and wants nothing but the best for us (me and my sister) – I think if he could have predicted the future and knew my struggle with weight, he would have talked more about how to live a healthy life.

    I don’t really blame him. A tiny part of me looks at our country officials. Why did they let all of these drinks and foods that are HORRIBLE for us on the market. Then again how can I blame government for my choices to eat the bad things. (I do find it odd though that some countries block foods and drinks from their country but our country is like, “Oh – it has cyanide in it but it’s profitable – ah, hell, just put it on the market shelves, these dummies will never know the difference.”)

    This topic is way bigger than honey-boo-boo (no pun intended). Although, on the bright side, I feel like as a country we are becoming more aware of these things. (Again, and no surprise with my way of thinking, social media is shedding light on our weight problem.) It’ll be interesting to see what the future weight stats of Americans. One thing I know for sure, when I have little rugrats, this future mommy is going to drive her kids nuts with all of the healthy information she can give them! (…or just make sure they are signed up for sports and make sure they drink lots of water.)

  21. Kelly Strozier says:

    I will continue to believe that healthy eating habits begin in the home. If one becomes conditioned as a child to eat healthy meals and drink plenty of water, they are more prone to continue with those eating habits. I can’t tell you how many of my friends are what I call true water drinkers and cringe at the sight of a soda because it tastes like syrup to them. In my household as a child, my water was RC Cola and was drank daily with breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks or just alone. As I aged and had my own family, the only difference was I gave my daughters the option of any of the hundreds of flavors of soda to choose from, even though I knew this was a poor nutritious choice. Honey-Boo-Boo’s family seems to be no different. I would like to think that being exposed on television for all to see, would act as a deterrent to this type of behavior but it doesn’t seem to be. Television shows like the Biggest Loser, and celebrity meal plans and workout DVD’s, although helpful, will soon become a thing of the past.

  22. T Leggett says:

    I did a quick google search for child obesity and it can lead to diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. I can’t even imagine any child having these conditions. And yet, I’m guilty as well. It’s just so easy to stop in at McDonald’s and pick up a happy meal or sit inside and watch Disney Junior or play games on the kindles or ipads. Alana is a reminder of what can happen when we too often skip out on preparing home cooked nutritionally balanced meals to save time and too often say oh we’ll go outside and play another day!

  23. A. Luke-Morgan says:

    This is another example of how our nation is slowly self-destructing. Unfortunately, Honey Boo-Boo and her family point out a very clear image of far too many rural, small towns. Obesity, however is not just a rural issue. People are no longer accountable for their actions. As a nation, we have become lazy and would rather look for a quick-fix, be it a pharmaceutical cocktail or snake oil. These are the values being passed down to future generations. Who will take care of our nation? Will it be ran in a manner to ensure it remains the great power it once was? Or will it be duct-taped together in search for the next gimmick?

  24. valdostaphil says:


    Individual responsibility isn’t the only thing at play here. Poverty is at play. The government subsidizes grain, but what about fruit? Other sources of sugar like fruit and honey that actually help triglycerides instead of hurting like processed sugars and starches are extremely expensive. Fruit is expensive. So poor people are just going to keep buying kool-aid, macaroni, spaghetti, candy, etc. etc. etc. This is as much of an SES issue as a personal responsibility issue. I love fresh, raw broccoli cooked al dente in stir fry. But then again, I can afford fresh, raw broccoli.

  25. James H says:

    This topic hits home with me so much because I believe that sports and physical education for our youth is key to many of the ideas and what we learn in life but it is becoming less and less available to kids because of costs and being taken out of regular class days. I grew up when PE was an every day class while my kids might get it once per week or not at all. I recently read an article about studies by Dr. John Ratey, MD, about the benefits of exercise on children. In his book, Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, he looks at a school in Illinois that has a 45 minute exercise session to start every day. It has been shown to promote many different aspects including helping to pay attention, a sense of accomplishment to start the day, helps reduce ADHD, and many others. The school has the highest test scores in the state and yet other schools are not picking up on this idea.

    Students that participate in sports at a young age learn teamwork, competition, how to win, how to lose, how to work hard, and many other things (entitlement is one that comes from participation trophies but that is for another post). Students learn these from physical education and competing with others to better themselves. It also helps to teach good habits that can counteract the health issues from a sedentary lifestyle of sitting in class all day and playing video games when they arrive home.

    Overall, the nation is seeing more and more problems with kids because of the lack of activity offered or even forced by schools and parents. Unfortunately, people like Mama June and Honey Boo Boo will likely never learn because they will be able to find a shortcut to keeping “alive” and enjoying what they want to do or to be able to justify their actions to themselves so the opinions of others will not matter. Someone has to be willing to help themselves before they can be helped by others and sometimes it takes something bad happening to cause them to want get help or do it themselves. I personally was active when I was younger and ate bad at times but my activity helped… for a while. As I got older it got worse until I realized what I was doing and turned it around because I wanted to, not because anyone else wanted me to but because of myself and that is what it is going to take for our nation to turn things around is individuals not being okay with obesity and other issues and having the desire to turn things around for themselves.

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