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Children’s Healthcare weighs in on Honey Boo Boo

Honey Boo Boo and her mom

Honey Boo Boo and her mom

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has weighed in (pardon the pun) on reality show star Honey Boo Boo, regarding her family’s dietary choices.

“Locals are cringing with concern that the nation might view this family as an accurate portrayal of our state,” Dr. Stephanie Walsh, medical director of child wellness at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, wrote in a recent opinion piece that was published in the AJC. “However, based on the children and families we see at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the truth is that Honey Boo Boo and her family’s health habits may be more of the norm in Georgia than everyone would like to believe.”

Here is a link to Walsh’s piece.

A recent “Honey Boo Boo” episode showed the family of 7-year-old beauty queen Alana Thompson, the breakout star of “Toddlers and Tiaras,” enjoying a dinner of “sketti,” which is a concoction involving butter, ketchup and pasta. In previous episodes of the TLC show, family members graze on cheese balls, load up on “meat with a side of meat” at a barbecue restaurant and visit the convenience store next door for a junk-food run. In a couple of episodes family members weigh themselves; matriarch June Shannon tips the scales at 300+ pounds although she did lose a few pounds from weigh-in to the next.

(Here is my colleague Rodney Ho’s recap of Wednesday’s episode. Bingo, rather than food, was the central theme this time).

Children’s Healthcare has long sounded the alarm regarding childhood obesity. Last year the organization grabbed attention and headlines with its series of television ads and billboards featuring real Georgia adolescents sharing their struggles with weight issues.

In the opinion piece in Saturday’s newspaper, Walsh noted that while the reality-show stars of “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” seem over-the-top, their diets (and corresponding health concerns) aren’t all that unique.

“With nearly 40 percent of Georgia families having an increased risk of health effects stemming from childhood obesity (regardless of socio-economic status),” Walsh wrote. “Honey Boo Boo and her family are not as different as everyone wants to believe.”

- Jennifer Brett/The Buzz/jbrett@ajc.com

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Want Watch it!!

September 20th, 2012
12:53 pm

This show is a mess!!! Can’t wait for them to take it off TV.

Matt

September 20th, 2012
1:01 pm

Anyone else notice how many disturbing parallels can be drawn between ‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo’ and Adult Swim’s ‘Squidbillies’? Creepy is an understatement.

Reality Check

September 20th, 2012
1:04 pm

The “boo-boo’s” look like your typical UGA fans.

Ally

September 20th, 2012
1:47 pm

Sadly, I do think that they are representative of many in, not only GA, but the nation. What will it take for us to wake up and eat right?? I am over 40, and do not have a problem with weight because I make the effort to eat “real food” (i.e. not processed). I also made the effort since day 1 to feed my kids with only fruits, vegetables and lean meat, and they love most veggies.
People do not need to be taught to like pasta, chicken nuggets and hot dogs, so why do parents insist on feeding their kids only that? Kids then think that that is normal and they won’t eat anything else. I would venture to say that most of us were raised to eat the same food as our parents, and that was a good thing.
Oh, and I am a supertaster (look it up, but I basically have more taste buds than usual, so I’m more sensitive to taste than average), so although there are some healthy foods that I really hate, I was raised to eat them anyway (a little ketchup and a swallow of milk goes a long way) and now I’m used to them. If kids are raised on healthy food, it will become part of their lives.

HungLongDong

September 20th, 2012
2:01 pm

Quoting – “However, based on the children and families we see at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the truth is that Honey Boo Boo and her family’s health habits may be more of the norm in Georgia than everyone would like to believe.” No, this is an incorrect statement…..skinny fit people don’t go to the doctor/hospital as often as fat/unfit people. CHA is really only seeing the fat/unfit sick people. Go to any baseball field, soccer field, basketball court and you don’t see a single Honey Boo Boo or otherwise fat person playing. Fat unfit sick people go to the hospital- healthy active sports players go to the fields/courts.

A.B. Normal

September 20th, 2012
3:02 pm

Honey Boo-Boo and racism/bigotry/homphobia have one thing in common. The more attention they are given in the media (get the hint AJC?) the more prevalent they seem to be!

drex

September 20th, 2012
3:36 pm

This child should be removed from this home. She needs to be peotected from her parents. Without an intervention Alana will get diabetes, hypertension, andy maybe worse. .

After the mother learns how to properly care and FEED her child, she can get her back.

Ghost of Larry Munson

September 20th, 2012
3:36 pm

@ Reality Check…..you are wrong. The Boo-Boo’s look like your typical UGA grads.

Dash Rip Rock

September 20th, 2012
3:37 pm

That June is smoking hot!

U Gotta Be Embarrassed

September 20th, 2012
3:38 pm

@ Jennifer Brett…….so today you are reporting on some white trailer trash from Georgia. Whats the matter? I guess no thug rappers were spotted dining out so you could report on what they ate or if they passed gas. Way to put that Journalism degree to great use.

Jennifer Brett

September 20th, 2012
4:15 pm

They don’t live in a trailer. They live in a house.

I do not disparage people who live in trailers, having spent time in some growing up. Also Alana says in one episode, “I am a chalk miner’s daughter.” Similarly, I am a coal miner’s great-granddaughter. She and I both like to read, and everyone in the family was very nice.

Jennifer

Alexis

September 20th, 2012
5:10 pm

I think this show is hilarious, honestly, I’d watch this show over keeping up with the kardashians. So freakin what if they’re redneck trash? It doesn’t matter, the only thing I can see wrong about they’re lifestyle is that they are overweight but June, the mother, seems like an okay mom. She became a mother at 15 and she didn’t abondon her kids or get hooked on drugs, she stuck it out. But they do, do things on the show that are gross and weird but it’s entertaining people!

Maria Lopez !

September 20th, 2012
6:04 pm

Get off Alana page you stupid haters!

Maria Lopez

September 20th, 2012
6:07 pm

I love the show and anyone who doesn’t like it then why are searching for her! Obviously you are a fan! Closet fan!

mona

September 20th, 2012
6:37 pm

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This booboo's gonna hurt

September 20th, 2012
10:25 pm

Quite frankly this whole excuse for a television show is embarrassing and sad at the same time. Out of pure ignorance this caricature of a family is being made fun of at their expense and they don’t even know it. I work with someone who lives near there and they are truly embarrassed. They only show scenes of the run down part of the area. There are some wonderful, truly normal people living in that part of rural middle GA. This family is headed for nothing but health problems, hypertension, diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, chronic obesity. By the time all this hits home the cameras will have long moved on to the next what they consider novelty, freak show. Pray these folks take this money and improve their lives before its too late. They can change with a little help. Otherwise, bless their hearts. Triple bypasses and triple chins is no way to go.

Maria Lopez

September 20th, 2012
11:07 pm

There are so many fat people our there and everyone is talking about Alana’sfamily!
At least there is no sex tape and butt implants involved! 16 million ignorant people are supporting KK people everyday getting plastic surgeries, buying expensive cars and Mansions with the money they get paid for their stupid shows and they don’t even make any donations or thankful! Just bragging and showing off with their staged fairytale weddings and divorces and still being supported by fans!
I wish this family the best! They are real, happy and love each other! They don’t give a crap what every hater say! The peanut money they get will be used for Alana’s education and future I hope!
She is a 7 year old little pretty girl!!! wish her well!!! Let her have a chance you all! Stop wishing her bad!!! Don’t watch the show if you don’t like it because the rest of us do!
SHAME ON YOU ALL!
Peace!

salvador

September 20th, 2012
11:13 pm

you would be surprised how many ppl are just like this family way more than ppl want to admit to and alot are worse.

truly in shock

September 20th, 2012
11:18 pm

i cant believe you people think you are so perfect to judge these people they are human beings just like all of your ignorant selfs if you think you can throw the first stone maybe you should throw it at your self because shame on you all for talking about these people like they are trash beneath your feet at least they are proud of who they are and there not ashamed of it or embarrased as one of you said the whole town is not glorious like you said it is eitheir so maybe this is a good thing look at what society has turned people into hating each other and judging people and in reality if you all minded your own business im sure there is enough for you to take care of and lets not forget this little girl is old enough to read so stop writting hateful things about her and her family .

Shameka

September 21st, 2012
12:01 am

Alana is a pretty little 7year old girl and at least her mom takes care of her kids unlike some moms so dont be so quick to judge shes just a kid and if you dont like her then dont watch her show and shut the hell up sheesh

Molly

September 21st, 2012
3:14 am

I’d watch this show over Kardashians any day! They act like a ‘family’ at least. I have yet to see a ridiculous cat-fight over nothing and personally, fake eyelashes and larger-than-life disney eyes freak me out. Do the Thompson’s make severely poor dietary choices? Duh. You can blame them for their personal choices but a lot of that also boils down to culture. Our American culture is not a generally healthy one and THERE IT IS, in your face on TV. I know I can think of dozens of similar families. Do they have a pregnant teenage daughter? Yep. But she’s at least grown up in a stable home. Obese one, maybe, but stable.

SmileSmith

September 21st, 2012
5:09 am

Go figure this show is attacked because there is concern the thought will be it is the norm in America. LMAO

Sooooooooo…instead it is alright to have the Kardashian kids with a pimp-like mamma promoting them with sex tapes that are porn worthy, divorcing, unhealthy dieting, and dumb as a brick scenarios of drama. Go American dream kids!!

Maria Lopez

September 21st, 2012
6:45 am

To BOO BOO hater: you are a RETARD!!!!!!
No one is forcing you to watch!!!! Be quite and go away!!!Shhhhhh
My honey boo boo child is here to stay!!!! Stop being jealous and look in the mirror, fix your own problems first!!! Attacking a little girl????? You are so burning in jealousy!! Any bad wishes to this little pretty girl from you… Then I wish goes back to yourself!!!
GET LOST! Go back to your own miserable life!! You LOSER!!!

WOW...Really?

September 21st, 2012
8:13 am

I am concerned that America is watching this show and others like it for entertainment! This is a sad commentary on our society. Honey Boo Boo and her family need help with what they eat and their weight down to manners and respect for themselves. I wish we as a country didn’t enjoy watching “Train Wrecks” Children’s Health Care of Atlanta and Strong 4 Life should be asked to do an Intervention for this family and make a show following this family being turned around and becoming healthier. Nowt, That would be something to watch and follow!!

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Farrah12

September 21st, 2012
11:08 am

Boo Boo Hater: Wow. Talk about anger issues. Not only one nasty rant, but two!!!! LOL!!! Something must be very wrong in your life that you would take an unscripted show so seriously. You need to RELAX.

Maria Lopez

September 21st, 2012
11:08 am

Is everyone who comments negative here
, a Super model???! They could easily lose weight, get plastic surgeries, wigs, fake eyelashes, 24hr make up artists, publicists and etc…. Give them a chance… They haven’t sold their souls to the devil yet!!!!!!
I am sure if they offer YOU a reality show you wouldn’t turn it down!
Worry about yourselves! Grow up!!

“GO ALANA”

Angel

September 21st, 2012
12:34 pm

You guys are awful! So what if they eat bad, what has this family done so wrong to YOU that you need to judge then and be so hateful? We all make assumptions and have our own personal opinions everyday about people we see but – going the extra step and spewing your hate for them when they did nothing wrong to you or anyone else! If your feelings are so strong why not do something nice for them? Show then some love, no wonder the world is the way it is, so much hate we choose to have then, pass it around to anyone in your path.

Wondering

September 21st, 2012
1:38 pm

Does it seem odd that the teenager’s baby daddy “isn’t in the picutre” ? They live in a very small town and you would think he would hang around. Makes me wonder if Sugar Bear is the father. Very sick and I hate to think of it.

Kay Carmen

September 21st, 2012
2:06 pm

I am so surprised that all the “Haters” know so much about this show – they must be watching every episode to know so much detail. If you are so offended then don’t watch it because that only promotes the show and the high ratings will make the network extend its duration.

i hate"Boo Boo Hater"

September 21st, 2012
2:11 pm

Boo boo hater you the dumbest stupidest illiterate bitch i know

i hate"Boo Boo Hater"

September 21st, 2012
2:14 pm

i love honey boo boo show!!!!!!!!

drex

September 21st, 2012
4:36 pm

First Alana was very pretty when she was younger. Now she is so chubby her eyes squint.

I am not looking down on this family. I am concerned for their health. I have never watched the show but unfortunately have seen clips on the Today show.

Not giving your child proper nutrition is child abuse.

Given their low income, they are probably on Medicaid which means GA taxpayers will be paying for thier medical bills due to heart disease, etc. Hopefully they will make a lot of money from this show and invest it well so they can pay for their own medical insurance.

And better yet, I’d love it if DR Oz would do an intervention!!

Elizabeth

September 21st, 2012
4:55 pm

While their recipe for “sketti” didn’t appeal to me, I love watching the Thompsons on “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo”! They seem like good people who wouldn’t hurt a fly, and Alana is full of personality! God bless ‘em!

Chandra

September 21st, 2012
4:58 pm

The Honey Boo Boo haters are probably pageant moms from Toddlers & Tiaras. They’re ticked because THEIR daughters didn’t get their own shows!!!!!!!

lorraine brcy

September 21st, 2012
11:20 pm

june..i love your show!…i am 69 and have raised 5 kids..you’re doing great! congrats on getting the show..save a lot of $$ for later….ignore the peole that put you down….more of us love you!…lorrie

mary

September 22nd, 2012
8:47 pm

I am a big fan of the show! Alana has so much personality! Was anyone one else disturbed that when Alana sneezed on the end of last weeks episode, they kept the camera on her even though it was obvious she was embarrassed. Shame on TLC!

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Lee

September 24th, 2012
3:58 pm

June and Honey Boo Boo look like typical UGA fans.

N-GA

September 24th, 2012
4:03 pm

Definitely a red state TV show.

Nancy

September 24th, 2012
4:04 pm

Why are you all complaining? You’re not the one that has to turn the “June’s” of the world every two hours in the hospital. Nor are you the unfortunate ones that have to respond to a “Code Barry” in the hospital (that’s a call for extra hands to help move an obese person). All you’re doing is watching them on TV. You don’t have to deal with them daily.

Bubba

September 24th, 2012
4:07 pm

new show starts next week. Here comes LaHoney Boo Boo.

Have fun, have ball.

September 24th, 2012
4:08 pm

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Bubba

September 24th, 2012
4:08 pm

10-1 10-1 10-1 10-1.blahahaha

Sad for the child

September 24th, 2012
4:18 pm

She might have been cute once, but right now just looking at the picture, the child is obese and looks sad parading around like that. I should think that a show like that would be very depressing. If they are poor, then how do they afford pageant expenses? They could put that money toward learning how to eat properly and losing weight so they would all be healthy, and maybe the mother would live long enough to see her children all grown up and not waddling around on “reality” tv.

carla roqs

September 24th, 2012
4:19 pm

jennifer, when did you guys begin allowing expletives to show within comments?