Here is the thing about Honey Boo Boo’s weight: Unless you're her parents Mama June Shannon or Sugar Bear, it’s kind of none of your business. And yet, how much she weighs today continues to be a topic of discussion among fans online. In the comments section of her Instagram for example, far too many fans speculate about her weight, about whether it's her mom’s fault, about whether she'll end up on My 600-Lb Life, and other conversations that really do not need to be happening. But Honey Boo Boo, aka Alana Thompson, is just a 12-year-old kid. Granted, she's been a public figure since she was like seven and appeared on Toddlers and Tiaras, sucking down "go-go juice" to get ready for her performances. And then she started growing up before our eyes on Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. But no matter how many years she's been in the spotlight, she’s still just 12 — not even a teenager yet. So it’s time to leave her body alone.
I get it, I get it. Mama June has made her own weight a public talking point by appearing with her family on Mama June: From Not to Hot where she publicly lost hundreds of pounds. And she’s even talked about how she'd love for Honey Boo Boo and the rest of her daughters to be part of that on a follow-up show where they all embrace a healthier lifestyle. But, like, Mama June is Alana's mom, and her daughter's weight is allowed to be her concern. If Honey Boo Boo somehow ends up with her own actual weight loss show, where she voluntarily talks about her body and her size, then great. She has talked about it a little bit before in interviews, revealing she went on a "no grease diet" for a few months. But that doesn't mean it’s open season every time she posts a picture on her admittedly absolutely incredible Instagram.
After all, we all know what happens when impressionable young adults in the spotlight have unnecessary scrutiny on their weight. Stars like Demi Lovato, who has been in the entertainment industry since she was a young kid, have been extremely candid about their experiences — and how critiques of their size and weight contributed to developing actually unhealthy lifestyle habits, like eating disorders. Even now, she still struggles with it: "[Thinking about my] body image, what I’m going to eat next, what I wish I could be eating, what I wish I didn’t eat," Demi said in her documentary. "It’s just constant." Kim Kardashian is an adult and a mother who didn't really game fame until later in her life, but even she recently opened up about developing body dysmorphia because of constant criticism: "You take pictures and people just body shame you… It’s like literally giving me body dysmorphia."
Until we get to the point where Honey Boo Boo is making her weight, her diet, or her exercise part of the conversation herself, can we not constantly critique a young girl's body? Especially when she's already got enough on her plate with puberty and growing up and everything else that goes along with becoming a teen? Instead, what we need to be focusing on is her burgeoning slime business. Because, yeah, not only is this 12-year-old a star, she’s also an entrepreneur. And we couldn’t be more obsessed.