A notorious pageant mom who appears on TLC's Toddlers and Tiaras has admitted to giving her six-year-old daughter Alana -- aka Honey Boo Boo -- a sugary cocktail of Mountain Dew and Red Bull to help get her through those long pageant days.
When you do get on stage you have to be alive...your personality has to...shine, Alana's mother June Shannon said in an interview with Good Morning America. You have to have something to energize their body.
Shannon has previously given her daughter bags full of Pixy Stix -- narrow tubes filled with flavored sugar known as Pageant Crack -- but apparently that isn't always enough.
When challenged about the wisdom of giving so much caffeine and sugar to a six-year-old, she told GMA, There's worse things. There's far worse things.
Shannon -- also known as the Coupon Queen -- insists that pageant moms are not alone in the practice of doping their kids with sugar and caffeine.
Everybody does it, she said. 'There are normal people who give their kids this, so why is it such a big issue with us pageant moms that do it all weekend to keep our kids energized and awake?'
Based on what we can see in the below video, Alana doesn't need any more help in the energy department.