Alana 'Honey Boo Boo' Thompson, 16, Opens Up About Weight Struggle

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Alana "Honey Boo Boo Child" Holler visits "Extra" at The Grove on January 20, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.
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Alana Thompson, best known as Honey Boo Boo, is opening up about her struggles with weight loss in an emotional interview.

Body image and weight can be difficult subjects for many people, even as adults. When you're a 16 year old who has grown up in the spotlight like Alana 'Honey Boo Boo' Thompson, it becomes that much more difficult to navigate. In a new interview, Alana opened up about the possibility of undergoing weight loss surgery in the near future.

Alana revealed recently she's considering weight loss surgery following her upcoming 17th birthday.

Alana Thompson looking unimpressed with her arms crossed.
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“I just wanna make sure that this is actually something I wanna do before I just go and do it,” Alana revealed. “I wanna make sure that it’s, like, not something that’s, like, gonna kill me. And I just wanna make sure it’s something I actually wanna do before I go and do it.”

Alana revealed she's considered other methods of weight loss.

“I know for a fact I could get in the gym and I know for a fact I could diet and I know for a fact I can do this to lose my weight,” Alana said.

“I’ve tried. I will say I’ve tried, but the one thing with me is I have no motivation. I have no motivation to just keep going to the gym every day. I have no motivation to keep eating healthy because, like, I’m gonna eat what I think is good."

"I’m not [gonna] sit there and force myself to eat no Caesar salad because I think it’s healthy," she went on.

"No. I’m gonna eat what I think’s good. So, I just think I don’t have motivation, and I feel like the surgery would be, like, probably the easiest way to just, like, lose it fast," she said.

Alana also opened up about how her childhood impacted her weight. “There is a part that does feel like genetics does play because when I was very young, I was on steroids, like, I was very sick all the time,” she said.

“I just always had to take medication, so I was always a bigger kid anyways because of that," she said.

"And then my mom, she claims she has this thing called lymphedema [swelling in arms or legs caused by a lymphatic system blockage] which supposedly makes her have some fat on her body. So, I mean, that could be possible. I mean, I definitely do eat, so that’s definitely a reason, but I don’t know," Alana said.

h/t: ET