Candace Cameron Bure Talks About Dealing With Bulimia During Her Break from Acting

By May Wilkerson 05/05/16

“I turned to food for comfort and my bulimia developed, giving me a false sense of stress relief and control.”

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Candace Cameron Bure Talks About Dealing With Bulimia During Her Break from Acting
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Fuller House star Candace Cameron Bure went through her fair share of rocky times during her two decade-long break from acting. The actress, who is back on the small screen with the 2016 remake of Full House and who is also a co-host on The View, spoke to Entertainment Tonight about the battle with bulimia that derailed her life for “several years.”

The 40-year-old actress traced the problem back to her departure from acting and transition into full-time motherhood, after the end of Full House in the ‘90s. "I kind of lost my identity, in a sense, and what happened was, I turned to food for comfort when my husband was traveling and when I was alone," she told ET. "I had a very unhealthy relationship with food that turned into bulimia."

“I struggled, shifting into the new role of being a wife, no longer working and living in a new city with no real friends or family,” said Bure in April. “I turned to food for comfort and my bulimia developed, giving me a false sense of stress relief and control.”

Bure dealt with the disorder for “several years” and explained that “it wasn't about body image and trying to feel good. It was about trying to find comfort or fill voids within myself." Though she realized she had a problem, it became hard to stop the dangerous eating pattern. "I knew I had a problem but again, it's like being on a runaway train and you wanna get off but you don't know how to get off," she said.

She finally realized she needed to get help while listening to a sermon in church. “I went directly to my pastor and said, 'I need help.' It felt so good to admit it to someone,” she said. “That was the moment that I went, 'I don't want to do this anymore.'"

Now in recovery, Bure is focused on raising awareness about eating disorders, and instilling positive attitudes about food and body image in her three teenage children. "The most important thing for me to teach my children is about health and fitness," she said. "It's about taking care of your body and eating foods that are good for you and getting the right exercise that you need."

On Tuesday, Bure helped kick off Eating Recovery Center's first-ever "Eating Recovery Day." 

Check out her interview with Entertainment Tonight below:

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