“Mama June” Shannon (of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo fame) revealed her drastic weight loss transformation on WE tv’s Mama June: From Not to Hot on Friday.
Shannon also revealed the results of her weight loss and surgeries exclusively to People.
The 37-year-old reality star got candid about what it was like emotionally to prepare for her final surgeries, with one being a procedure on what she called her “turkey neck.”
“I don’t wanna disappoint anybody and not be the skinny Mama June that everybody’s looking forward to,” she said. “But if I go through with something that’s as serious as the next surgery, it can’t be about making everyone happy — it’s gotta be about me.”
People on Twitter were quick to praise Shannon for her transformation.
Shannon went from a size 18 to a size 4, previously weighing a reported 460 pounds. She is now down to 199 pounds.
The reality star took to Twitter to thank her fans for their love and support following her reveal.
Her drastic body change was the subject of her new show, Mama June: From Not to Hot.
During the premiere of the reality show, Shannon, 37, said she was inspired to lose weight after her ex (who goes by the name of Sugar Bear) announced he was getting remarried. The couple, who are parents to 11-year-old Alana Thompson (a.k.a. Honey Boo Boo), were in a common-law marriage for over a decade. They split after he admitted to cheating on Shannon.
It’s been confirmed that she has a gastric sleeve, which means that most of her stomach has been removed, replaced by a small stomach “sleeve.” This greatly decreases the amount of food a surgery recipient can consume.
Shannon’s daughters previously revealed that the hardest part for their mother is the mental game — defeating habits formed over decades and coming to terms with losing such an immense amount of weight.
“I think that her biggest thing overcome is that fact that she still thinks of herself as a bigger person, because, even to this day, like, a couple of days ago we had a conversation, and … she looked in the mirror and was like, ‘I’m still fat,’” said her daughter, known as Pumpkin. “And I guess because she’s seen herself as a bigger person all these years, she doesn’t realize how small she is.”
All of the medical professionals featured on From Not to Hot emphasized that proper research must be done prior to getting any weight-loss surgeries. Shannon insists she paid for her own surgeries, and said she was going to get them whether or not she was on a TV show.
“With or without cameras, I was going to do this journey, you know, no matter what,” she said. “It was gonna happen whether I had them or not.”
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