Mama June Shannon heard your criticisms about her daughters being overweight like she once was. The 37-year-old reality TV star once tipped the scales at a whopping 460 pounds. But she shed the excess weight after paying $75,000 on weight loss surgery.
“I do worry about their health, but I’m not going to say, ‘You got to eat salads all the time,'” says Mama June of daughters Lauryn “Pumkn” Shannon, 17, and Alana Thompson, aka Honey Boo Boo.
June also has grown daughters Jessica “Chubbs” Shannon, 20, and Anna “Chickadee” Cardwell, 22.
June documented her weight loss journey on her new reality TV show From Not To Hot on WEtv, where she underwent gastric sleeve surgery, breast augmentation, and 9 lbs of skin removal surgery.
She told PEOPLE magazine she wants her children to learn from her mistakes but she doesn’t want to limit them to calorie counting and eating like birds.
“I don’t want them to go through what I went through in school or with surgery,” she says. “I’ve seen them lose and gain weight, but I don’t want them to end up like I did at 460 lbs. Who would want that?”
She said she would support her daughters emotionally if they did decide to go under the knife like she did.
“If they do have to have that done, they’ve got to realize it’s not just a surgery thing, you have to change body, your frame of mind, what you eat. Everything.”
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