"Fuller House" star Candace Cameron Bure is opening up about her eating disorder and regaining control over her health. The 44-year-old actress admitted to Fox News in an interview on Friday that her recovery was "ongoing," but she is in a much better place than she was in her early 20s.
Candace developed an eating disorder when "Full House" wrapped up after airing from 1987 to 1995. Now she is healthier and happier than ever before, and it shows as she appears in the show's reboot, "Fuller House," which premiered on Netflix in 2016.
"It’s been an ongoing journey for me," Candace explained. "My relationship with food and my relationship with fitness … I’ve been very public about an eating disorder that I had in my early 20s. And it’s something I still think about in terms of making good choices for myself to stay on the right track. And so I think the biggest key for me that was like a lightbulb moment was just understanding and listening to my body, and ultimately realizing how much better I feel when I make good choices."
Candace turned to food for comfort when she moved to Montreal, Canada, to be with her husband Valeri, who was a professional hockey player. He was away for 41 games out of 82 during the hockey season and Candace felt lonely. So she ate for comfort.
"I got into a cycle of binge eating and feeling such guilt and shame for that, that I would start purging," she previously told People. "And without even knowing, it soon just took over to a point where you feel such a loss of control."
Through faith and support from family and friends, Candace was able to eventually recover from her eating disorder. Now her focus is on being fit and healthy.
"It’s not to say you can’t eat that or I will never eat that," she told Fox News. "I eat everything, but I know I have to eat in small portions, in moderation, because then it’s just like this never-ending cycle. A cycle that you put yourself … like, 'Oh, I don’t feel good today.' But you know it’s a consequence of overeating a ton of sugar. And so I realized if I just don’t do that, I won’t have the cycle of that battle in my life anymore."
Candace added that, after her destructive eating patterns, she is now grateful to take care of herself.
"Fitness is important to me and I eat healthy foods," she said. "That really is the secret — taking care of myself."
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