Dr Oz: Candace Cameron Bure Bulimia
For years, Candace Cameron Bure was one of the stars of the popular sitcom Full House. Although Cameron continues to live her life in the spotlight, there was a big part of her life she hid for years: her battle with bulimia. Now, Candace is hoping that by coming forward with her personal struggle, she can inspire even just some of the 70 million people suffering from eating disorders.
Dr Oz admitted that two of his daughters grew up watching Full House, which means Candace was truly a role model for then. He was curious what it was like growing up trying to look a certain way while in the public eye. Candace admitted that her story is a little unique, because being on television actually didn’t impact her that way. It was once she was done with Full House, got married, and moved to a new city, that she needed more emotional control in her life. She felt lost and didn’t know how to find herself.
Dr Oz: How Shame Can Fuel An Eating Disorder
Candace has described the process as like being on a runaway train. She explained that once someone with an eating disorder decides they want to recover, it’s not something they can mentally turn off. “It’s such a shameful part of life that some of us experience,” she explained.
Dr Oz zoned in on the feeling of shame and how the pressure to be perfect can end up causing people to go on and on. Additionally, because so many people feel too ashamed to admit they have a problem, they don’t get the help they need. That’s exactly why Candace teamed up with a recovery center, hoping to help people get over the shame of the disorder they want to recover from, while also helping their family members better understand what’s going on.
Candace actually had two moments that she calls her “rock bottom” in her early 20’s. First, she was caught “red-handed” by her dad, throwing up in the bathroom and said it was the most shameful experience of her life. She stopped because she wanted to honor her dad and not disappoint the people around her, but then she fell back into the binge-purge cycle and reached out to her pastor.
Since then, she’s had to learn to view food as fuel and as something she’s allowed to enjoy, in moderation. She can’t look at food as a source of comfort anymore.
Dr Oz: Help For Woman With Eating Disorder
Candace agreed to help a woman who bravely came forward about her own struggle with an eating disorder. Joanna had been suffering from bulimia and anorexia for ten years. She revealed that while she didn’t make herself throw up, she was addicted to laxatives and diuretics. Her life was lived based on where the next bathroom was. She originally sought help from her primary care doctor, who referred her to a therapist. The therapist told her she had eating disorder behaviors and referred her to a recovery center, which was the beginning of her journey.
Dr Oz: Keys To Recovery + First Step
Joanna turned to Candace and explained that even good days are still bad days, and wanted to know how she could better maintain recovery. Candace has been healthy for 15 years, but she’s always aware of it. She has also “trained” her mind to understand her “danger zones” and what works to get her out of that state of mind. She also has a few people in her life who continue to check up on her.
The first step to recovery is acceptance, according to Bonni Brennan from the Eating Recovery Center. It’s also important to accept that your lifestyle is getting in the way of living a meaningful life. You should also know that you’re not alone, and there are people out there who can help you. Approximately 97% of Eating’s patients can use their insurance benefits to get access to care, but the center can work with those who don’t have access to insurance coverage.