By Sandra Rose  | 

Mama June Shannon

By now you've heard that reality TV star Honey Boo Boo's mom, Mama June Shannon, lost 300 pounds following weight loss surgery.

For years the 37-year-old mother-of-4 struggled with obesity. Her obese weight became part of the storyline on her daughter's reality TV show, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.

The show was cancelled after news of her husband Sugar Bear's legal troubles and other ruinous gossip that was unbecoming of a family TV show.

Now Mama June and Honey Boo Boo, real name Alana Thompson, 11, are back in a new reality TV show, From Not To Hot, that documents June's dramatic weight loss.

The story goes that June (with assistance from the show's producers) paid $75,000 for gastric sleeve surgery to lose 300 pounds in time for Sugar Bear's upcoming nuptials to another woman.

In (yet another) exclusive interview with PEOPLE magazine, Mama June explains how she plans to keep off the 300 pounds she lost.

"I can promise you I’m never going back to that size," she says. "I'm happy where I'm at," she told PEOPLE.

"I do worry about their health, but I'm not going to say, 'You got to eat salads all the time,'" says Shannon. "I've seen Pumpkin and Alana lose and gain weight, but I don’t want them to end up like I did at 460 lbs. Who would want that?"

June says she has to eat in moderation because the sleeve causes nausea if she overeats.

"I'm not going to lie to you: I have thrown up, because you can't over eat with the gastric sleeve," she says. "That's not a thing that I recommend to somebody. You realize what you can and can't do, and when you do it that one time, you don't do it again."

Yes, the PEOPLE article is click bait. If you really want to know how June keeps the weight off, you have to pick up the current copy on PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.

Photo by Fortunata/Splash News

  • APeachLikeMe

    Well DAYUM!

  • Ms.Devereaux

    Meanwhile the child she making money off of to make it possible for her to even have this opportunity is walking behind her with a McDonald's bag and is over weight. She could have made it a lifestyle change for the entire family and the show could have been about that instead of being all about her. Ijs

  • SandraRose

    LOL. ?

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    and when you do it that one time, you don’t do it again.”

    This is NOT true. There are recovery programs because people do what they know they should not do.

  • VanillaCaramel2shotsExpresso

    I agree , the title from Not to Hot suggest that if you are overweight/obese you were/are a Not. That means her overweight daughter is in the NOT category . I would not buy unhealthy food at all. There are fun ways to cut back and eat healthy. Her daughter may not be a size 4 but her mom could encourage and reinforce a healthier eating lifestyle for her children.

  • Taylordanes

    exactly... kid probably got diabetes and all kinda ish

  • casiepriest33

    Her mom is dead wrong for not doing right by her child.

  • SpiceGirl

    that's too much like right hun....smh

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    Her mind is unstable. She ONLY did the weight loss due to her EX getting married. Not for her.
    So, I am not surprised she can not see that her children need better eating habits. She makes it seem as if she does but she does not.

  • Ms.Caramel

    That heifer is going to be fat in 3 to 4 years. I know plenty of people that had the gastric sleeve surgery and after about 2 years they can eat anything they want. The only drawback is, they can't eat large amounts in one sitting so they end up eating all the time. My friend eats every hour on the hour cuz her stomach gets empty so quickly. She said it's like a new born baby. They can't eat alot, but they are hungry every two hours...same thing here....

  • KennyHollywood

    Damn....She won't be able to get as many Black guys with all the weight loss.....gonna have to stick with redneck white dudes until she gains the weight back...

  • Miany


  • Malcom Flex

    BIH!! Is a child molester stayed with the man who raped her daughter freaky sick azz bih!! Circus clown watch her trash azz GAIN ALL THE WEIGHT BACK.

  • A.P. Millz-CT


  • zawnn

    I read that somewhere, if true that is truly sick.... and that needs to be included in the dam headline ! Wth

  • Libra80sBaby

    So now that you have lost all this weight, you need to do a better damn job with your child because now she BIGGER than you.

  • SunRiseBlossom

    The child losing weight might cause the network to lose interest in the child and discontinue their show, so of course... Momma chose money over the child! Sad Heffa... #smh

  • klwbaby

    I saw her try to explain herself on Dr. Phil.

  • Rachel

    She won't be small for long. She has already tried overeating however she says it made her throw up. She hasn't changed her eating mentality not one bit. That's why kid is walking around with a Mickey D's bag.

  • RicanLBC

    She will always be trailer trash.. just with a lot of $$$ she will continue eating & buying carbs... processed foods etc . Help your daughter honey boo boo. She is overweight .

  • SandraRose

    Those allegations were never confirmed. Which explains why she is still walking free.

  • YellowSauce

    so many parents out here doing wrong to their children many

  • Anunnaki

    Damn....She won't be able to get as many KOONS Black guys with all the weight
    loss.....gonna have to stick with redneck trailer park dudes until she gains
    the weight back...

  • Dee

    All of them are fat except for the one that was molested. She will be fat again. ... soon.

  • missmiami305

    why her hands still fat lol

  • disqus_FW7pCIigCY

    Explain..... She cut the fat off with knives... Anything else she says is a lie?

  • soulbrother13

    But her kid is still a butterball...what gives?

  • Dr. P

    she is still ugly

  • Freeriah

    That was my comment exactly! Lol

  • Rayne

    They cleaned her teeth too. I couldn't stand looking at this show when they did close ups of her eating and her teeth be biting yellow. I didn't see her smoking so must've been mayonnaise staining. ???? ????????

  • Petty Rubble

    Meh. I got nothing

  • Justlooknout

    Lawd, forgive me. Honey Boo Boo need a trainer now.

  • Tammie Reed

    ....I thought she was older than 37 lawd!

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    Everybody I know that's gotten the gastric sleeve or band gained a little of the weight back in a few years. If they dont then usually they end up looking all weird like the shrunken head thingy in Beetlejuice...

  • hottlanta

    Get a new body, get some new penis. Someone showed me a picture where she had bugs coming outta her toes. Black men are lining up to hit that to be the first one.

  • hottlanta

    white genes.

  • VanillaCaramel2shotsExpresso

    The child looks like she is struggling to keep up too. SMH ?

  • Malcom Flex

    And you saw her lying, didn't you? She's a disgusting pig.

  • klwbaby

    I saw that, hell Dr. Phil said she was lying. She had another boyfriend that was a child molester also.

  • Roderick2011

    She's still a poor excuse for a mother.

  • Peter Piper ATL

    Well its certainly an improvement. Now she needs to work on her wardrobe because every outfit she wears looks like it just came out of an old trunk in a broken down trailer.

  • Malcom Flex

    Of course she did. Generational family obesity primarily has sexual abuse/incest at it's core.


    Correction! Lol

  • thaye

    Lol...damn..I was just about to say "Cortez" and them are already lining up for ya girl

  • Quitedeliteful

    What good is getting gastric surgery if are still a slave to food??? She needs a nutritionist ASAP!! Her daughter is obese and eating McDonalds??? I have a neighbor who had gastric bypass. She's probably a good size 12 now but her 15 year old daughter is a size 24!!!!! They are still eating food that's killing them slowly. The daughter is on diabetic meds. What a shame...

  • Ms.Devereaux

    I chuckled a little bit ! I know it's wrong but the voice I read it in

  • teather

    The fact that they cover this woman and that we would talk about her shows how we have a reality TV president. It's just stupid and disgusting. She didn't even believe her own daughter and failed to protect her child and children from a KNOWN predator. I never watched the show. I never would. Why give her props for showing up to an appt to get surgery and then try not to vomit from overeating? WTH? I just can't fathom how low America's bar really is. Deplorable, really. And we all participate, like me writing about this ridiculous woman. God bless her, but really, folks, really??? Y'all never would have survived in older generations. I get it now why old ppl used to say what they did. SMH

  • thaye


  • Shani

    Fix it Felix!

  • KennyHollywood


  • imright

    i noticed u didnt drag her pedo ex.

  • dontgetblocked

    Years ago, I watched a Thanksgiving show with them hillbillies and I couldn't believe how much butter they smothered on the turkey. It was truly disgusting. I could never watch the show again.

  • Torae

    She still looks like she smells like cat pee ?

  • casiepriest33

    I don't know if that's shade but I don't have any kids to do wrong by boo boo

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    Boo boo also sneezed on it...? remember that part?

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    Disgusting, I just gagged ?

  • bella28498 .

    how is she a size 4 and still look like chit?

  • We Can Do This

    The stained rug kind...

  • Aloysia Jones

    She still looks inbred.

  • Stan4NoOne

    Still ugly AF.

  • den


  • den

    Star jones

  • Raquelle Dellaghetto

    Now spend some money on a dietitian for Honey BooBoo, please..

  • Ryan

    Nasty heifer wearing flat sandals on dirty, wet city streets. Ewwwwww

  • Maya

    Her fly is open.

  • BettyBoop

    How did these two ever gain notoriety?

  • millz


  • dontgetblocked

    Yes. Just awful.

  • Jussjess25


  • Ro

    sorry but she still look a mess.

  • 4RGSpot

    You cannot buy class or upgrade trashy mentalities.

  • Jorjapeach


  • RespectSelf

    Never watched an episode of their show to know why all the comments below are so negative.

    So good for her and this weight loss.

  • ShWa

    She looks better, and I'm sure she feels better good for her!

  • gntory

    Does anybody else besides me thinks Mama June looks like a corpse? Her blond hair & buttermilk colored skin...#tooMERCH

  • gntory

    Honey Boo Boo needs to be next!!

  • Athena Panagakos

    I noticed that too.?

  • Wile E. Coli

    n o.. not really.. just you.

  • Wile E. Coli

    oh.. sure.. except that she's been in the news for years.

  • Guess Who

    That top pic is photoshopped to death.

    She is a disgusting PIG to me. Didn't she take back some pedophile that went to prison for molesting her daughter?

  • Wile E. Coli

    wow.. low.

  • Guess Who

    Completely agree! Honey Doo Doo's cholesterol has to be about 1000 and BMI about 50%.

  • YellowSauce

    didn't you say HER MOM is dead wrong ? so where in everloving christ did you get that i was talembout YOU .... and the name is SAUCE not boo boo ... lol SMH

  • Tee Tee

    She is getting bigger, it's not cute at all.

  • Neia

    Al roker

  • Rayne

    I did too

  • Rhyme and Reason

    Not to mention her past relationship with her daughter's child a b u s e r, pictures we all saw with them hugged up. I saw her this morning on GMA and when asked about the accusations, her dismissive remarks, and how she went in on her daughter was really sad! I used to like Mama June, but she's EVIL, and will get her measure of karma!

  • Kbellaluvvs

    They must of fixed her toes too cause she always wore socks. I thought the big toe was smushed or something all them gnats used to fly around it...ewww

  • Drea982


  • Drea982

    Size four my hind parts.

  • Drea982

    Um yeah I thought it was just me. You lose weight but your child is looking like she ate all the fat you lost. AND she's eating Mcdookies!

  • Drea982


  • Drea982

    She's needed one long before now. Don't feel bad. Her mother should be ashamed losing weight while her child looks like a rhino.

  • Sid

    Its something at white pale feet and red nail polish that gives me a "stank face"

  • TheWildChild

    How she lost it ? ...With surgery and rolling around on Kenya Crooks living room Flo. ?..But Kenya does a great job with his morbidly fluffy clients.

  • Drea982

    I'm going to need for her to get her daughter together. How retarded you are to lose 300 lbs while your child gains 8000! And she has McDooDoos! She's trying to get her groove back when her daughter is about to go into cardiac arrest any minute now because her arteries are dirtier than Flint water. Ridiculous. And I'm not trying to bash Boo Boo. Her mother is the one responsible for making sure she eats well and stays healthy. SMH.

  • SuperScooper1

    Funny how Sandra glossed over TLC cancelling the show because the mother allowed the man who molested her older daughter to move back in with the family AFTER he was released from jail. (Not "Sugar Bear" btw.)

  • Krorey

    She brought a pedo who molested her daughter back into the house. Do we really think she cares if they're obese? Her oldest daughter calls her on all her crap and said that she only did this for the fame and money and I agree. She didn't do this to get healthy. She got that surgery to get a new TV show and for money. So, she'll probably end up blowing the surgery out down the road. Obesity is just the opposite of anorexia. People with these conditions need emotional and mental counseling to help them change their thoughts and behavior with food. Surgery is a bandaid for somebody like her. Child services should step in with your young neighbor. Any 15 year old who is a size 24 needs serious help. At this rate she's headed towards amputations, death, or a life of being bed ridden.

  • Quitedeliteful

    So true....

  • SunRiseBlossom

    WOW!!! That is so sad... As a mother you never disrespect your children like that! She will live to see that again for sure.

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  • freelancepimp .

    White folks love to celebrate and promote their trash.

  • Lisa daniels

    Hope she keep it off and don't end up looking like a bobble head

  • Lisa daniels

    Now let that been Keisha and em. Single mama this and single mama that

  • Lisa daniels


  • Ant Hill

    No thanks, she can still keep her Bush.

  • Ms. JUceeee BaaayBae

    They made it look like she was eating food for the show... she Juiced... no muscle tone at all... not ONE measly muscle anywhere.

  • Alisa

    The South Park episode was so funny.