Candace Cameron, the 37-year-old actress best known for her role as T.J. Tanner on the television show, Full House, recently discussed her struggle with bulimia in an interview with Yahoo’s OMG! Insider co-anchor, Thea Andrews.
While discussing her book, Balancing It All, Cameron opened up that while she managed to avoid addictions and other pitfalls like so many other child actors, she fell into the incessant cycle of binging and purging after she married former NHL player, Valeri Bure, and moved to Canada in 1996 to support his career as a hockey player.
She told Andrews that bulimia entered her life when she started using food to comfort her as she navigated the waters of being a new wife, and keeping her own career as an actress afloat. The binging and purging soon got the better of her and she realized she needed to do something about the food disorder.
“Clearly it wasn’t a healthy way to deal with things. That’s really when my faith was kicked up a notch, and I sought comfort in my relationship with God and not with food,” she told Andrews in the interview.
Never a very thin actress like many of her contemporaries, Cameron credits the producers and cast of Full House for protecting her with body image when she was young.
“I think I was very protected by my parents and the producers. They all had a sensitivity about it,” she said in the interview. “Even the one episode of Full House where D.J. goes on a crash diet for a few days … they asked me would I feel comfortable doing an episode about that.”
Known as being very vocal about her faith and her Christian walk, Cameron went on to explain how her eating disorder strengthened her faith and relationship with God.
Watch the video below where she talks about her struggle with Bulimia.
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