Candace Cameron Bure’s New Book About Bulimia and Life After “Full House”

By Paul Gaita 12/23/13

The former child star star details the intense battles she had with eating disorders and how she battled back through exercising and her faith.

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Actress and author Candace Cameron Bure’s new book, Balancing It All, reveals that she struggled with food issues, as well as bulimia, in the years following her rise to stardom on the hit ABC sitcom "Full House."

Though Bure, 37, credits her parents and the series’ producers with attempting to shelter her from the pressures around body issues that are inherent to the entertainment industry, the actress had already succumbed to obsessive dieting and experimented with diet pills while a teenager on the program. When “Full House” ended its network run in 1995, Bure’s struggles intensified after she married professional hockey player Valeri Bure and relocated to Montreal for his career.

“That was really a time of identifying with being an actress and that being my whole life, and then now being someone’s wife and moving to a new city, a new country, even,” Bure said. “I turned to food for comfort, and clearly, it wasn’t a healthy way to deal with things. I would eat as much food as [my husband], but then he would play hockey for three hours. [Bulimia] wasn’t about me trying to lose weight. It was all about emotions.”

Bure battled back from her illness through a combination of regular exercise, portion control and a deepened connection to a higher power. “That’s really when my faith was kicked up a notch and [I] sought comfort in my relationship with God, and not with food.” Bure has detailed her journey in her new book and on her website, which also provide practical application ideas, inspirational quotes, and recipes.

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Paul Gaita lives in Los Angeles. He has contributed to the Los Angeles Times, Variety, LA Weekly, and The Los Angeles Beat, among many other publications and websites.