‘My Big Fat Fabulous Life’ Star Babs Thore Suffers Stroke; Daughter Whitney Updates Fans on Her Condition

Sending good thoughts to Babs!

Whitney Way Thore, star of TLC’s My Big Fat Fabulous Life, shared some scary news with the show’s fans on Monday morning. In a note posted to the network’s website, Whitney announced that her mother, Barbara “Babs” Thore, had suffered a stroke and a series of seizures recently. 

“I wanted to let you in on something big, and a little scary, that just happened in our lives,” Whitney wrote before sharing the news of her mother’s health issues. “This is undoubtedly the most traumatic thing my family has ever experienced but if anyone possesses the strength to make it through, we know it’s Mom! If Babs has ever made you laugh, or cry, or cry from laughing, please keep her in your thoughts today. Any prayers, well wishes, and good vibes are welcome!”

Whitney did not reveal when exactly Babs suffered the stroke and seizures, but she did provide an update on her current state.

“We are working hard on her recovery and hope that she will be able to watch [our show] tomorrow night if her health permits,” Whitney shared. “My mother has so enjoyed coming into your living rooms each week and we’d like to keep her there!”

The fourth season of ‘My Big Fat Fabulous Life’ is set to premiere Tuesday night, and it’s unknown at this point if Babs’ health scare will be addressed during the season.


  1. Our thoughts and prayers are with you for a speedy recovery my patient and I love watching your show and your mom. God bless babe and your family♥️🙏

  2. Can anyone tell me babs’ age? She is a delight to watch. My thoughts and prayers are with her and her family. Praying for a speedy recovery. <3

  3. Love Babs. One of a kind and s real class act. If I lived in Greensboro I would b happy to care for her. (Am an RN). Seen many people with strokes come back 100%. I feel Babs is one just seeing the clip with her in hospital. Will keep you in my easter prayers and expect you, Babs , to pick up where you left off! You make the show! Sue Kay

  4. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. You are blessed with a very beautiful Mom–inside and out. She is strong, as you all are, and she will fight as you fight along side of her. God speed and a fast recovery!!

  5. Babe, my prayers are with you! I really enjoy you! I guess because we are so close in age with daughters about the same age. Get well soon!

  6. I Love Babs!!! Please know my thoughts and prayers are with this most delightful woman – she steals the show every week – such a Gem!!

  7. Babs look at me young lady, you get well soon. I need my weekly laugh! You are one spunky lady, fight your fanny off, we all need you! Whitney take care of both of your parents, then you need to take better care of yourself! Consider weight loss surgery please, we want you around!!??❤‼️

  8. I adore Babs! Such a sweet lady! It is so apparent the love she has with her family! She will be in my thoughts and prayers! Much love to her❤️

  9. Dearest Babs Thore, you will be in my thoughts and prayers! I love the show, especially with you in it. You are such an awsome mom to Whitney. You crack me up every time your on. Please rest and get better! A fan that truely loves you! Ann Sybesma

  10. Just love your show Whitney! I’m praying your mom gets well. We just love Babs!! She makes me laugh every time she graces us with her presence on the show. You truly have wonderful parents and friends. Wishing you all warm thoughts, hugs and prayers. Speedy recovery Babs!

    Biggest fan,
    Gin ( mom of 5)

  11. Were so sorry to hear! Our thoughts & prayers are w ure Mom! (Fab Babs!) We love u & pray for ure recovery GOD SPEED! Sabrina & Sandy?

  12. I hope you have a speedy recovery Babs will miss you on the show but thinking of you always get well soon

  13. I’m hoping and praying for Bab’s recovery, but couldn’t help saying to my spouse just the other night:

    “Gee, with so much going on in Whitney’s life and what her parents have to see, it’s no wonder that one of them don’t have a heart attack.”

    Would U believe it?????

    Poor Babs!

  14. I love Babs and Whitney – I saw when she posted this on her facebook and was shocked, but glad to hear she was doing alright.

    I didn’t care for how Whit noted her show and premiere in the same post about her mom. I just found it tacky. We love you Whit, we love your show – focus on your mom and her recovery.

  15. I am so sorry to hear about your Mom, I Love her so much in fact I love all of you so I can assure you all of you will be in my Prayers!!! May God Bless you all Abundantly!!!!

  16. Godbless you and your family I know what you are going through I suffered 4 strokes in my sleep now I’m having lots of seizures and left side weakness… Everyone tells me how can a 38 year old have a stroke you can have it at any age… I will keep her in my prayers…

  17. I just love Babs so I am praying for her and your family at this difficult time. If anyone can recover from this it is Babs!

  18. Whitney, please know that I am saying prayers for your mom and all your family. Know that God has the ability to heal your mom. God bless all of you.

  19. Your mom has made me laugh and cry from laughing. My thoughts and prayers go to her for a speedy recovery, as well as to you and your family. ????

  20. Our thoughts and prayers are with Babs and the family. You all make the show so fun to watch. Always looking forward to a new season and to see the love so strong between the family!

  21. Whitney my prayer is with your family… I hope there R good news came out mom going be okay.. Hate two hear at your mom sick…. Hope she going be okay…. I love your show whitney.. U. Kick ass

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