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Candace Cameron Bure on Her Past Bulimia Battle: I ‘Lost My Identity’

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Candace gets candid. Candace Cameron Bure opened up about her past battle with an eating disorder in a new interview with Entertainment Tonight on Tuesday, May 3.

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“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,” Bure, who was kicking off the Eating Recovery Center’s first-ever Eating Recovery Day, told ET.

The Fuller House star, 40, said she started struggling with bulimia when she took a break from Hollywood to focus on raising her family and her marriage to former NHL player Valeri Bure.

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“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,” Bure shared. “I had a very unhealthy relationship with food that turned into bulimia.”

“I dealt with it for several years, but it wasn’t about body image and trying to feel good,” she continued. "It was about trying to find comfort or fill voids within myself.”

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After a moment of realization at church, the View cohost went to her pastor — and later her husband — to seek help for the eating disorder. "My husband is a professional athlete and such a disciplined person, so I was very nervous to tell him,” she recalled. “But he couldn’t have been more understanding and more supportive, which was such a relief. I know that not everybody has that person in their life.”

Now the actress is trying to teach her daughter, Natasha, 17, and her two sons, Lev, 16, and Maksim, 14, to love their bodies. “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.” 

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