“Honey Boo Boo” is about to say “bye bye” to her extra weight.
The reality TV star— whose real name is Alana Thompson— will undergo weight loss surgery next month, TMZ reported on Wednesday. Alana’s manager Gina Rodriguez confirmed to the site that the Mama June: Road to Redemption star plans to have a suture sculpt endoscopic sleeve from weight loss doctor Steven Batash. The surgery— scheduled for after Alana turns 17 on August 28— will take place at Dr. Batash’s surgery center in Queens, New York.
Also going under the knife will be Alana’s 21-year-old boyfriend, Dralin Carswell, who will be having the same weight loss procedure as Alana.
Alana’s manager told the site that Alana decided to have weight loss surgery after hitting 275 lbs. She reportedly hopes to get her weight down to 150 lbs.
“We’re told she’s trying her best to live a healthier life — trying diets and increasing her exercise over the past year — but hasn’t gotten the results she hoped she would,” TMZ reported. “Alana’s worried the weight she’s put on is genetic, and sees this procedure as the only way to get rid of it.”
Alana’s legal guardian– her sister, Lauryn “Pumpkin” Shannon— had to sign off on the surgery, since Alana is still a minor. In the past, Pumpkin has attempted to get Alana to eat healthier; however, during one 2021 episode of ‘Mama June: Road to Redemption,’ Alana rejected Pumpkin’s suggestion that she incorporate more vegetables into her diet after Alana was bullied online for her weight.
“Let me just tell you, I have needs,” Alana replied. “My needs are carbs. Carbs.”
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Alana has struggled with her weight for years. Back in 2015, Alana and her mother, Mama June Shannon appeared on The Doctors to discuss Alana’s weight. Mama June later slammed the show and its producers for trying to make her and her daughter look bad. At that time, June confirmed that then-nine-year-old Alana weighed about 125 lbs.
Alana will certainly not be the first in her family to undergo weight loss surgery. Mama June famously underwent a plethora of weight loss and cosmetic surgeries several years ago. She documented her transformation on Mama June: Not to Hot.
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Alana’s sisters, Jessica Shannon (aka “Chubbs”) and Anna Cardwell (aka “Chickadee”)— each underwent massive plastic surgeries makeovers in February 2020. Jessica’s procedure list includes a weight loss surgery, liposuction on her back, bra and flank areas, and a tummy tuck.
In the past, June has stated that she is OK with Alana turning to plastic surgery in order to lose weight. However, she insisted that Alana wait until she was 18 before going under the knife.
“When you turn 18, you can do whatever the hell you want to,” she told In Touch Weekly in March 2021. “The whole family has struggled with their weight all their life. It’s a Shannon thing, honestly. So, for them, they choose to do it.
“If Alana chooses to do a weight loss thing, whenever she turns 18, that’s on her, you know?” June added.
June has yet to give her thoughts on Alana’s upcoming weight loss surgery.
UPDATE! In a follow-up interview on Thursday, Alana explained that she is considering surgery because she’s unmotivated to change her diet or exercise. Click here to read more!
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