kids body imageTLC’s reality show, “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” features a reality star with a refreshing look into weight gain and body image.  And it comes from a child named Honey Boo Boo.  

Honey Boo Boo is one of the only females in modern day society that is actually embracing her fat, full throttle, at the ripe young age of a seven-years-old.

If you haven’t heard already, Honey Boo Boo is a reality star that got her fame from participating in beauty pageants.  She is a pioneer of loving herself despite her fat. One episode Ms. Boo Boo actually pulls out her stomach fat and says straight into the camera:

“The judges don’t know a good thing when they see it!”

Honey Boo Boo presents a fresh look at female body image for, despite her extra weight, she still struts her cowboy boots down the runway with pride, happiness and, confidence. 

This presents itself some questions: Is she being exploited or is the joke on us?  Do we laugh at her? Or do we applaud her? She might be laughing straight to the bank for she pulls in thousands of dollars per episode.  She is not obsessing over her body and not walking down the catwalk straight to an eating disorder.

Having said that, how or why does American society find itself fixated on a child that is featured in a TV show on the learning channel?

What exactly are we learning?  I’ll tell you one thing, we are witnessing a child that is not ashamed of her body.  Her confidence and comfort with her access weight can be seen to set a positive example for the younger generations of women that struggle with body image and weight on a daily basis.  Yes, I realize we have a problem with obesity in children in America, BUT, there might be some silver lining when it comes to the weight of Honey Boo Boo.  We are observing one of the youngest females in television to come out on camera with no shame about her fat.  Who do you know that would look at a television camera that airs a show nationwide and squeeze their stomach rolls?!

Honey Boo Boo may be the youngest person in our weight obsessed society to embrace her body but she is not the only one.

Recently we have seen a trend of other stars that are coming out and defending their weight like Adele, Christina Aguilera, and Lady Gaga.  Not surprisingly, Lady Gaga defended her weight gain with smooth confidence: “I really don’t feel bad about it, not even for a second.” 

Having said that, there are two crucial differences in Gaga and Honey Boo Boo:

1. Experience, and;

2. Age.

Lady Gaga has been in the music industry for years.  She has experienced the constant pressure to be thin and admits to suffering from eating disorders in her past.  Yet here we have a seven-year-old with little to no industry experience setting a new bar of feminist confidence with regards to her weight and body image. 

So, whether you laugh or balk at her, applaud or frown upon her, there is no denying this show is striking a chord with audiences nationwide and possibly setting an example for a younger generation of women to embrace their bodies. To not let societal pressures lend themselves to a future of discontent amoung women suffering from an array of eating disorders fueled by cultural pressures to be thin. 

So where do you weigh in. You be the “judge!”

Marilyn Monroe: “To all the girls that think you’re ugly because you’re not a size 0, you’re the beautiful one. It’s society who’s ugly.”

Chubby kid photo available from Shutterstock

 


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    Last reviewed: 25 Oct 2012

APA Reference
Loberg, E. (2012). Honey Boo Boo What? – Body Image, Weight and TLC (The Learning Channel). Psych Central. Retrieved on July 23, 2014, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/manic-depression/2012/10/24/honey-boo-boo-what-body-image-weight-and-tlc-the-learning-channel/

 

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