Mama June Shannon is giving her two cents on her youngest daughters’ upcoming weight loss procedure— and slamming her older daughter for allowing it!
The Mama June: Road to Redemption star told TMZ that she is upset that her soon-to-be-17-year-old daughter, Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson, is planning to get a suture sculpt endoscopic sleeve procedure in August. As The Ashley previously reported, Alana’s older sister (and legal guardian) Lauryn “Pumpkin” Shannon had to sign off on the procedure due to Alana being a minor– and Mama June is not happy about it.
“I’m supportive if this is something Alana wants to get, but I would say she needs to wait until she’s 18 years old,” June said, adding that Alana and Pumpkin didn’t run their plan for the surgery by her before deciding.
“It kind of bothers me that Pumpkin didn’t tell me. If Alana wants to do it, she should wait to sign her own paperwork at 18,” June said.
Alana’s procedure— which will be performed by NYC weight loss doctor Steven Batash and normally runs about $13k— will almost surely be done for free, and June fears this may be the reason Alana agreed to do it so last-minute. However, a source close to Alana told TMZ that Alana will not be having her procedure done for any TV show and will be doing it privately.
Although Alana is June’s underage daughter, June doesn’t have any say in what she does. As The Ashley previously reported, Pumpkin was awarded full custody of Alana back in April, with June being ordered to pay Pumpkin $800 a month in child support. Having full custody allows 22-year-old Pumpkin to have sole decision-making authority for Alana.
Pumpkin has stated that she’s supportive of Alana going through with the procedure, even if she is under 18.
According to Dr. Batash’s website, a suture sculpt endoscopic sleeve is a “non-invasive and non-surgical procedure that reshapes and reduces the patient’s stomach size by 70%-80%.
“The results of the procedure are similar to that of gastric sleeve surgery (VSG) but without all the associated surgical risks,” the website states.
It reportedly is done as an outpatient procedure, so Alana (and her boyfriend, Dralin Carswell, who is also having the procedure done) will not have to stay in the hospital to recover.
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The website clearly states that results will vary, based on the “patient’s degree of dedication to making permanent lifestyle changes.” This may be a problem for Alana, who admitted in a recent interview that she has “no motivation” to eat better and exercise.
“I have no motivation to just keep going to the gym every day. I have no motivation to keep eating healthy because, like, I’m gonna eat what I think is good,” Alana told Entertainment Tonight earlier this month. “I ain’t gonna sit here and force myself to eat no Caesar salad because I think it’s healthy. I’m gonna eat what I think is good.
“I just think I don’t have no motivation, and I just think the surgery would probably be the easiest way to lose it fast,” Alana said, adding later, “I know for a fact that I could get in the gym, and I know for a fact I could diet…”
Pumpkin made it clear that she feels Alana needs to make the changes to her diet and exercise habits before going through with the procedure.
“Before she takes that big step she needs to go ahead and start making the lifestyle changes,” Pumpkin told ET. “Because I know it’s a lot easier to be like, ‘OK, let me go out to California and let me get my stomach chopped off.”
Alana said that she would like to get her weight down to about 140 lbs. She stated that she currently weighs 275 lbs.
“A healthy low-calorie diet and plenty of exercises will help determine the weight loss potential. Many of our patients have lost close to 100 pounds in only 12 months after having the Suture Sculpt ESG procedure,” Dr. Batash’s website states.
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