How time flies. Reality TV child star Alana Thompson turned 12 on Aug. 28. It seems like only yesterday she was the darling of "Toddlers & Tiaras" and "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo." But age, lifestyle choices and a terrible diet have not been kind to the beauty queen. Ironically, Mama June is enjoying accolades for her weight loss makeover. But it's happy birthday, obesity for Alana Thompson. Could TLC's "My 600-lb Life" help the tween in that respect.

Mama June finds weight loss that eludes Honey Boo Boo too

in the wows over Mama June Shannon's new look after plastic surgery, is concern over Alana Thompson's shocking weight gain.

You can't marvel at the mother's amazing weight loss without noticing her daughter's obesity. Honey Boo Boo isn't the elephant in the living room, but her reality TV mom's neglect of her surely is. If health was such a big deal to the reality television star of "From Not to Hot", you'd think she'd want to bring her celebrity child on board too.

Obesity gifts Honey Boo Boo with health issues

It might seem bizarre that thing folks first think of on Alana Thompson's birthday is her weight gain. But unfortunately, that's what the bulk of Youtube and Facebook comments mention. And it's not ill will as much as concern for the reality TV star's health. "The Doctors" warned Honey Boo Boo that if she doesn't exercise and eat better, it will be bye-bye happy childhood, hello adult Type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, liver damage, hypertension, kidney problems, heart failure and other killer diseases.

Just ask the people of "my 600-lb Life."

But for the grace of God goes Honey Boo Boo?

Speaking of TLC's "My 600-lb Life," it might have some implications for overweight children like Alana Thompson. The show features morbidly obese people of 600-900 pounds seeking weight loss after gastric bypass surgery. It seems strange to think of 12-year-old kids and bariatric surgery.

But with the alarming increase in childhood obesity, that's a sad reality. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that around one-third of children are overweight to obese. It's easy to cast judgment on "fat people." But everyone who won't mind their eating is headed that way.

What overweight kids can learn from "My 600-lb Life"

More overweight people are seeking gastric bypass surgery including kids and teens. Bariatric surgery is risky enough for adults let alone kids. Instead of letting themselves get to that point, children can learn to make healthier choices. They can watch "My 600-lb Life" "celebrities" like 850-lb Steven Assanti and take a note from his mistakes.The show's Dr. Younan Nowzaradan has created different diets to help patients not only lose weight but keep it off. That way, they won't need weight loss surgery some day.