Candace Cameron Bure Gets Candid About Her Bulimia Struggle

Victoria Miller

Candace Cameron Bure is speaking out about her past struggles with bulimia. In a new interview with Entertainment Tonight, the 40-year-old Fuller House star revealed that she felt like she lost her identity when she stepped away from the spotlight in her early 20s after so many years as a child star. Cameron Bure revealed that she had a hard time getting help with the eating disorder even though she knew she had a problem.

"I knew I had a problem but again, it's like being on a runaway train and you [want to] get off but you don't know how to get off," Candace said.

"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," Candace revealed. "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 -- It was about trying to find comfort or fill voids within myself."

"I sat lonely so many nights not knowing what to do with myself," Cameron Bure said. "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."

"I got caught back in this embarrassing cycle and it was even more furious than the first time," Cameron Bure said.

Candace Cameron Bure finally found the answers when she was at church. The actress said she felt that her pastor was speaking directly to her during one particular sermon, and after the service, she decided to seek help.

"The sermon somehow just spoke to my heart and that's when I went directly to my pastor and said, 'I need help," Candace told ET. "It felt so good to admit to someone... That was the moment that I went, 'I don't want to do this anymore.'"

"The most important thing for me to teach my children is about health and fitness," Bure 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... It's just about living a healthy life for longevity and a healthy heart."