Is Fame Responsible for Honey Boo Boo's Weight Issues?

by Raphael Chestang 6:04 PM PST, February 25, 2015
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June "Mama June" Shannon and her daughter Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson dropped by the ET stage to discuss the 9-year-old's poor health.

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Even at her young age, Honey Boo Boo faces serious health issues. At just 4'6", Honey Boo Boo weighs 125 pounds -- twice the average weight of a girl with her stats. Making matters worse, Honey Boo Boo suffers from asthma.

"I don't want to be as big," Honey Boo Boo told ET's Brooke Anderson. "It's just embarrassing to me. I don't like it."

Mama June insisted that the family's dietary habits are better than the popular perception.

"People say we eat a lot of junk food, but we don't," Mama June told Brooke. "There is no junk food, really, in our house."

Likewise, Honey Boo Boo, who was famous for her Go Go Juice (a mix of Red Bull and Mountain Dew), says that she drinks "more water" than soda.

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The mother and daughter claim that the biggest culprit isn't calories, but Honey Boo Boo's asthma medication that is causing her to gain weight.

"The only reason why I am big is because of steroids," Honey Boo Boo said. "I take a lot of them."

Mama June added that she thinks that fame could have added to Honey Boo Boo's health issues, because of the snacks brought in by the television crews.

"We don't eat cheeseballs," Mama June said. "Production used to bring that stuff in."

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Today, The Doctors recently staged a health intervention for Honey Boo Boo and Dr. Travis Stork had some strong words for Mama June.

"The habit that Mama June has to get rid of -- it's not actually an eating habit -- it's the excuses," Dr. Stork told ET. "She's full of excuses."

Watch the video to hear Mama June's response.