Candace Cameron Bure Opens Up About Her Past Struggles with Bulimia

“It was never about the weight for me. It was an emotional issue.” 

Fuller House star Candace Cameron Bure wants other people with eating disorders to know they are not alone.

Bure attended the #EatingRecoveryDay panel in NYC on Tuesday and opened up about her own battle with bulimia, and how it affected her life.

On the panel, Bure described her experiences, reports People. Despite being in the limelight at such a young age, the actress said she grew up with “supportive parents” and good sense of self. It wasn’t until her long-running show Full House ended that she started having eating issues.

She moved to Montreal with her husband, hockey player Valeri Bure, and found herself isolated and alone when Valeri was on the road. “The change of having worked since I was 5 years old to now becoming a wife and soon-to-be mom, and living in a city where I didn’t have family and friends around me, I kind of lost the sense of who I was.”

Bure continued, “I sat lonely so many nights not knowing what to do with myself. But there was always one friend that was always there, that was so readily available anytime I wanted, and that for me was food. It became a very destructive relationship, and it was one that really caught me off guard. I got into a cycle of binge eating and feeling such guilt and shame for that, that I would start purging. And without even knowing, it soon just took over to a point where you feel such a loss of control.”

She added she did try to stop once, “but it really came from wanting to please others, and not because I was finding that by myself. So it wasn’t a surprise that several years later one day, it hit me again… It was like getting on a moving train that was moving at a 100 miles an hour, and I couldn’t get off of it and I didn’t know how. And at that moment I knew I had to seek help from others, and it wasn’t just something I could do on my own.”

“It was never about the weight for me,” she later told People.com. “It was an emotional issue.”

Now, the mom-of-three feels great about herself and credits her faith and support from others in overcoming her eating disorder. “I’ve never felt more confident,” she said. “Each year that I get older, I feel better and better, and more confident about my body and the woman that I am.”