Mama June Shannon Criticized for Dramatic Weight Loss Methods!

Here Comes Honey Boo Boo star Mama June Shannon has always found herself in the headlines for various controversies. From connections to a sex offender and drug possession charges to admitting she stole her daughter Alanna Thompson’s earnings, Mama June is no stranger to the limelight for all the wrong reasons. Her latest scrutiny comes from the public’s reaction to her dramatic weight loss journey.

Since 2017, Mama June has been the star of her own reality series, Mama June: From Not to Hot, which documented her losing over 300 lbs. The show later rebranded to Mama June: Road to Redemption, focusing on her attempts to rebuild relationships with her children.

However, many fans have criticized From Not to Hot for perpetuating fat-shaming, emphasizing her desire to look “hot” over inner growth and health. Recently, Mama June opened up about using Ozempic to lose weight, prompting fans to question if her weight loss obsession is more harmful than beneficial.

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In a June interview with Entertainment Tonight, Mama June revealed she had lost nearly 30 pounds in nine weeks, attributing the transformation to weight-loss medication. Despite losing weight at a rate of three to four pounds per week, she expressed dissatisfaction, believing it wasn’t enough. This revelation sparked curiosity about the medication she used.

Mama June shared that her current strategy includes working out three to four times a week and significantly altering her diet. This is a shift from her 2015 gastric sleeve surgery, which offered a quicker weight loss solution. Now, she aims for a more gradual and sustainable approach, hoping to reach her ideal weight after gaining 120 to 130 pounds in the past year. “I still have about 74.2 pounds to go,” she said.

The drug behind her weight loss is semaglutide, commonly known as Ozempic, an FDA-approved medication for type 2 diabetes and chronic obesity. Ozempic has gained popularity for weight loss, especially in the entertainment industry.

Mama June turned to the drug after struggling with weight fluctuations, which she attributed to the stress of her daughter Anna “Chickadee” Cardwell’s battle with cancer before her passing in December 2023. Shannon admitted to eating out frequently and neglecting her health during that difficult time.

After unsuccessful attempts to lose weight on her own, Mama June consulted her doctor about semaglutide. She noticed the drug’s popularity on social media and decided to give it a try. She emphasized the importance of consulting a primary care physician before starting such medication.

However, Mama June’s stance on Ozempic has raised eyebrows. In a May 2023 interview with the Daily Mail, she stated she wasn’t interested in weight loss drugs due to concerns about side effects. This apparent shift in perspective has led some fans to label her as hypocritical.

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When she posted about her Ozempic journey on Instagram, many criticized her for using a diabetes drug for weight loss, highlighting the shortage for those who need it for medical reasons. Even her daughter Lauryn “Pumpkin” Efird expressed concerns, noting that her mother can be overly strict with herself.

This isn’t the first time Mama June has taken extreme measures for weight loss. People reported that she would often skip meals to avoid gaining weight, and she has spent over $75,000 on procedures like gastric sleeve surgery, breast augmentation, and skin removal surgery.

Critics argue that her approach is more about appearance than health, perpetuating unrealistic beauty standards and unhealthy weight loss practices.

As a public figure, Mama June has a responsibility to promote healthy weight management without reinforcing negative connotations. Her focus on quick fixes and extreme measures might ultimately be more harmful than beneficial, both for herself and her audience.

Mama June: Family Crisis Season 6 is currently airing on WE TV. Previous seasons are available to stream in the USA on Philo.

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