March 1, 2015 by gregrabidoux2013
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.