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FATLASH Author Exposes Effects of Child Pageants --Says Honey Boo Boo is Fighting Back with 'Snooze' Interview


"There's an obvious problem when children are called upon to set boundaries that parents and other adults won't set." That's the conclusion of Karen Kataline, a child pageant veteran, mental health professional and author of FATLASH! Food Police & the Fear of Thin.

Denver, CO (PRWEB) October 25, 2012

This week, Honey Boo Boo (Alana Thompson) pretended to sleep through an interview with Dr. Drew Pinsky and then snorted in his face, saying she doesn't like when fans try to talk to her.

"Alana may well have had the sanest reaction to an insane aspect of our current culture," says Karen Kataline, a child pageant veteran and author of the new book, FATLASH! Food Police and the Fear of Thin. "Alana knows what she's been trained to do and appears to be fighting back by refusing to do it."

Kataline has expressed concern about Alana's future and says that her growth and development will very likely be affected by her early sexualization and exploitation. "Given what we're watching, I wouldn't be surprised if Alana develops adolescent anorexia rather than obesity as some have predicted.

Kataline's book, FATLASH! Food Police & the Fear of Thin reveals her own experience in child beauty pageants with a "stage mother on steroids." In Kataline's case, her mother put her on 500 calorie-a-day diets at the age of seven. "It's no accident that weight, appearance, diets and display are all connected. At it's core it's really about parents who are using their children to get their personal needs met," says Kataline, also a mental health professional.

Kataline says she wrote the book in part, as a cautionary tale to help parents and others understand the impact and consequences of putting children on display in programs like Toddlers and Tiaras. According to Kataline, the problem of sexualizing and exploiting children is generational and, she says the only way to stop the trend is through public awareness and education.

Author and speaker Karen Kataline, MSW, received her master's degree from Columbia University and has practiced in a variety of non-profit and corporate settings. FATLASH! Food Police & the Fear of Thin — A Cautionary Tale is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever books are sold.

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