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Kids and energy drinks: a potentially deadly mix

March 20, 2013

The family of reality-TV star and child beauty pageant competitor Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson definitely take the trophy when it comes to an unhealthy lifestyle. But, while the family's aversion to exercise and love of cheese balls might eventually lead to long-term health issues, one particularly unhealthy habit might land Honey Boo Boo in the emergency room as quick as she can wag her little finger.

Honey likes to perk up before pageants by drinking a mixture of Mountain Dew and Red Bull -- a potentially dangerous high-sugar, high-caffeine cocktail for anyone, much less a 7-year-old. Honey Boo Boo isn't alone when it comes to kids getting jacked up on energy drinks, a beverage category that continues to enjoy skyrocketing popularity. Several of her Toddlers & Tiaras co-stars (the reality show where Honey Boo Boo was "discovered") also pop energy drinks before their stage walks.

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