Tabloids are emphasizing Honey Boo-Boo’s family’s criminal past instead of focusing on the six-year old’s nutrition, meals, and weight issues, according to articles such as, “Honey Boo Boo’s Family Has A Criminal Past.” The real issues are what the child eats and how normal for her age her health and her weight are, and most of all, is she healthy and happy with what she is fed? Family couponing and the quality of nutrition in what type of foods print coupons concerns most families who are avid couponers.
The media focuses on the fact that her mother shops for food using coupons. And most people know coupons don’t usually give away food unless the food is processed and packaged rather than focused on coupons for fresh vegetables, fruits, and other foods made from scratch. How often do you see supermarkets giving away coupons for produce?
For example, when Honey Boo Boo performs, why does she get energy beverages mixed with juice or soda instead of smoothies containing fruits, vegetables, and perhaps some protein? See the articles, Honey Boo Boo’s Tragic Diet Borders on Child Abuse, Honey Boo Boo’s Diet — Mom, June Shannon, Feeds Her Junk Food, and Joy Behar Is Concerned TLC Star Honey Boo Boo Will Become Overweight.
Should the media focus on the reality show child star’s diet, nutrition, and weight? The reality show does offer the public the view of the females in the family weighing themselves on one episode. Could the constant media criticism and emphasis on the children’s diets affect what she chooses to eat when she’s older?
Nutritionists have already raised concerns about the family’s diet
The media, especially tabloid publications emphasize only the foods that the seven-year old eats which can be seen on the show as primarily consisting of junk food full of salt and fat such as the a family-size bag of chips shown on TV of the child eating on the steps of her home, while her mother, June Shannon, stood watching.
Will the energy drinks containing caffeine hurt the child’s health? According to the article, “Joy Behar Is Concerned TLC Star Honey Boo Boo Will Become Overweight,” the seven-year old girl’s mom was also filmed feeding her daughter a mixture of Mountain Dew and Red Bull — calling the drink “Go-Go-Juice” — before she took the stage at a pageant.
Red Bull is a caffeine-laden energy drink. It’s not what most mothers would think of giving to a six-year old taking a dancing class or performing when the child probably would have gotten more energy from a smoothie of vegetables hidden in fruit and some almond milk or regular milk. See, Red Bull Can Give You a Stroke – Natural Health Information.
Energy drinks are not made for seven-year old kids. There’s the danger of causing the blood to become sticky, a precursor to cardiovascular problems such as stroke, even in young people. When shopping for food using coupons, be aware that many coupons used to buy food for children are good mostly for processed food containing large amounts of sugar, salt, or fats or may be for starchy fillers that quickly turn to sugar in the bloodstream.
As for dear Honey Boo Boo, the mass media and the tabloids repeatedly focus on who the daddies are rather than what foods the kids are eating. See, Honey Boo Boo Family Drama: Who are the Daddies?
For more on nutrition and the popular reality show, see the article, Honey Boo Boo’s Diet — Mom, June Shannon, Feeds Her Junk Foods. Check out the articles. Instead of writing about why they weigh-in on a weekly basis on TV for the weight loss participation. The news played up the fact that the 12-year old sister dipped a pacifier into a can of Mountain Dew soda pop and let her 17-year old sister’s one-month old baby suck on the sweetened pacificer. It’s these small details that made news rather than any emphasis on introducing healthy nutrition using couponing into the show or the media.
The reality of feeding a family on a specific food budget
What’s left out of the news is the reality of feeding a family on a specific food budget and participating in weight-loss programs. Also what’s not mentioned much in the media is the fact each week that the family is participating in a weight loss challenge and weigh-in weekly. Perhaps when it comes to children’s nutrition, emphasis might be more on what the coupons buy in food and how healthy that food is for kids.
Most mothers who do couponing are ‘stuck’ with what the coupons offer, usually processed, packaged foods instead of fresh produce. Since the reality show family lives in small town Georgia, it’s the perfect opportunity to teach children how to grow their own vegetables and fruits in their back yard, even if a train often does pass by near the property, as seen on the TV reality show.