Candace Cameron Bure has long been open about her eating disorder, but now she is talking about how it started — and it's a situation a lot of women can relate to.
The View cohost, who helped kick off the Eating Recovery Center's first-ever Eating Recovery Day, said that her bulimia kicked into high gear during a time of major change in her life: when she stepped away from her career to focus solely on her marriage to former NHL player Valeri Bure and their children.
"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 told Entertainment Tonight. "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," she explained.
Bure also revealed the moment she decided to walk down the long road of recovery.
"I was sitting in church and I was by myself — my husband was on the road," Bure remembered. "The sermon somehow just spoke to my heart and that's when I went directly to my pastor and said, 'I need help.' It felt so good to admit to someone… that was the moment that I went, 'I don't want to do this anymore.'"
Now she says she is teaching her daughter how to avoid the same pitfalls she was victim to.
"The most important thing for me to teach my children is about health and fitness," Bure shared. "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."
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