Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson has been in the spotlight since “Toddlers & Tiaras.” The 6-year-old’s bubbly, larger-than-life personality propelled her to breakout stardom and landed her a spin-off series. “She’s the toddler that took the TV world by storm,” explained the promo video for Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. “If you thought she was crazy, wait until you meet the rest of her family.”
However, the show’s family didn’t care about the haters. “You better redneckonize!” Alana told Extra! The self-confessed rednecks held nothing back, farting and yelling, sipping “go-go juice” and endlessly chewing junk food. In 2015, The Doctors staged an intervention over concerns that Alana’s obesity was affecting her health. “Mama June” Shannon blamed her daughter’s weight on anything but her eating habits. “You have to take some responsibility here,” said Dr. Travis Stork to her. After aggressive intervention by Dr. Stork vowed to Shannon to cook healthier and cleaner food. It didn’t last long, however, which led to Honey Boo Boo now seeking cosmetic surgery before her 18th birthday.
Honey Boo Boo is on a health boost mission
Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson has grown up a lot since her early competitive days as a kid. However, it still causes a lot of controversy. The 16-year-old came under fire in September 2021 for dating 20-year-old Dralin Carswell, according to Page Six. Now she’s back in the spotlight, this time because she wanted to have cosmetic surgery before her 18th birthday.
According to TMZ, Thompson has been booked to undergo weight-loss surgery in August after turning 17. She has “a suture-formed endoscopic sheath” hoping to go from 275 pounds to 150 pounds. The teenager reportedly believes surgery is the only option she has left through diet and exercise alone – he hasn’t been able to lose weight. Her sister and guardian, Lauryn “Pumpkin” Shannon, signed the required paperwork as “Mama June” Shannon lost custody of their daughter in 2019.
Thompson has struggled with weight issues throughout her life, as has the rest of her family. She is regularly trolled and shamed on social media. A quick scroll through Thompson’s Instagram posts leads to a seemingly endless barrage of toxic comments. “She looks pregnant,” wrote a user of a video. However, there are exceptions. In the same video, a fan replied: “Great job Alana!! Ignore all the negative comments and know that you have a beautiful mind and soul! You are beautiful both inside and out!”