The star of the reality show “Teen Mom” Maci Bookout provoked harsh reactions from the show’s viewers and her Instagram followers with her latest statement. After discovering that she had put her 11-year-old son Bentley on a strict diet, many got worried about his health. As she revealed, it is a necessary step that will lead him to the desired goal in his wrestling career, which has just begun.
Given that she received a large number of messages and comments about it, she decided to address the public and explain what exactly this is all about.
The scene that many now condemn is the one in which Bentley wants grilled chicken for dinner. “He lost his mind,” was her comment at the child’s request. By the way, the boy weighs about 75 pounds. With a large amount of water and training, the boy strives to achieve the desired goal.
On Tuesday night’s episode, Maci revealed that Bentley strives to eat 1,000 calories a day.
Boy’s father, Ryan Edwards, also expressed his concerns about his new eating habits. In addition to worrying that the child will develop an eating disorder, he believes that he will not be able to grow properly.
Her Instagram followers were even more concerned and angry. “I am normally on the same page with you about so much—but the weight thing… I have a son the same age as Bentley, and I could not imagine telling him it is okay to lose weight at his age. He’s a growing boy, and his body needs those calories and nutrients. Let him be little. And let him have the damn chocolate milk”, one of her followers wrote.
“You are creating an eating disorder in that boy. Shame on your parenting. This episode just makes me so sick. He’s 11. No 11 year old should be on a diet”, another one wrote.
To defend herself from all comments, Maci revealed that it was all his wish.
“In reference to tonight’s episode-I have never and will never convince Bentley to ‘cut’ weight. After wrestling his first 2 tournaments in the 75lb class weighing in at 72-he came to me & said he wanted to wrestle at 70. I told him that’s fine, but you WILL NOT ‘cut’ weight”, she wrote on Twitter.
“I will lay out a healthy scheduled diet for u, u can eat salads, grilled chicken, veggies, good carbs-instead of pizza, Doritos & candy bars. Through the season, he decided he didn’t like it—I told him that’s okay! U can go back to usual and wrestle at 75, which is what he did”, she continued.