Honey Boo Boo is dangerously obese, claim the physician hosts of The Doctors. As a result, they are featuring the chubby reality TV star on the show in order to stage a health intervention and put her on a diet, reported In Touch Weekly.
Dr. Travis Stork, who hosts the show, emphasized his concern about how much the 9-year-old weighs. Honey Boo Boo (whose real name is Alana Thompson) is four feet, six inches tall but registers 125 pounds on the scale.
A representative for The Doctors explained why the physicians chose to stage the obesity intervention, according to Radar Online.
“[Honey Boo Boo] is at risk for a myriad of life threatening diseases as a direct result of the poor food choices and lack of exercise modeled in the Thompson’s home,” said the co-hosts.
For example, Mama June showed off her recipe for what she calls “sketti” (ketchup, butter, and noodles) on several talk shows, as well as her own reality show. Below, she dishes it up for Wendy Williams.
In response to the attack on her diet choices for her family and avoidance of exercise, Mama June said that she does not take responsibility for Honey Boo Boo’s obesity.
In turn, the physicians said that her response constituted unacceptable excuses for not taking charge of her daughter’s health. Among those diseases linked to obesity are diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, stroke, and heart problems, according to Dr. Travis Stork.
In addition to the episode to be aired on The Doctors, Mama June expressed her views on Here Comes Honey Boo Boo as well as during various talk shows, reported the Daily Mail.
For example, she mixed up a concoction containing Red Bull and Mountain Dew to give Honey Boo Boo what she felt was the necessary caffeine-and-sugar-fueled energy for child beauty pageants. Watch Dr. Drew try it below.
So just how much weight does Honey Boo Boo need to lose? The physicians set a goal for her to lose more than 60 pounds, with the end result between 60 to 70 pounds.
To achieve that goal, Dr. Stork put her on a diet based on his own book, The Doctor’s Diet. The family also has been paired with a nutritionist to help them stay on track.
When it comes to exercise, recent weight loss studies have shown that it may take only lifestyle modifications rather than membership in a pricey gym to benefit, as the Inquisitr reported.
When University of Oxford researchers evaluated how much women exercised as well as their intensity, they found that a moderate amount is the ideal for reducing heart disease and stroke risks. For example, if Honey Boo Boo and Mama June set up a walking schedule for four to six times a week, they can achieve the desired level of benefits.
But will June follow through with The Doctors prescription for her daughter’s health? What do you think? Is an intervention on a medical TV show enough to make a difference? Post your comments below.
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