Candace Cameron Bure Admits Eating Disorder: Was Hollywood to Blame?

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bureThe former Full House star has affirmed in her new book, Reshaping It All, that she struggled with bulimia after the hit series ended in 1995.

Cameron Bure, currently starring in the ABC Family series Make It Or Break It, now maintains a reasonable weight and practices healthy eating habits with hubby, Russian-born NHL player Valeri Bure, and their three kids.

So did Candace fall into the Hollywood you-can-never-be-too-thin trap?

Here's what she had to say: "It wasn’t about me trying to lose weight. It was all about emotions."

So it doesn't seem like the stress of Hollywood caused her to succumb to the disease. But while eating disorders affect girls everywhere, I can't help but feel that the amount of young women in film, TV or the fashion world who have battled eating disorders is vast.

Paula Abdul checked herself into a clinic to heal her bulimia back in 1994. Today she is a spokesman for the National Eating Disorders Association.

Victoria Beckham has also admitted troubles with an eating disorder and revealed that she became obsessed with her appearance: "In the gym, instead of checking my posture or position, I was checking the size of my bottom, or to see if my double chin was getting any smaller."

After many years of denial, Calista Flockhart finally admitted that she suffered from anorexia during her Ally McBeal days.

And sadly, Isabelle Caro, the French model who was a prominent face of anorexia, passed away last month at only 28 years of age. Caro became the poster girl of eating disorders in 2007 when she appeared in a shocking billboard campaign warning of the dangers of anorexia during fashion week in Italy.

So sad.

Here's to Candace and all the other strong ladies who managed to conquer their problem. Brave ladies all.

Do you think the rigors of Hollywood and the fashion catwalk can propel young girls into eating disorders?


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AngiDas AngiDas

I think in Candace's case it was even more magnified because some of the story lines on Full House were about her weight. It was the same for Tracey Gold on Growing Pain. I think in both cases it really hurt both of those women.

jmtmn jmtmn

I agree with the above. They would talk about how she was chubbier than her friend Kimmy Gibler and Growing Pains always had the brothers making fat jokes to the sister. I feel really bad for these actresses because even though its a part they play they don't get to take off their bodies at the end of the day... it's still a part of the real person.

PonyC... PonyChaser

Do I think that working in Hollywood or in the Fashion Industry (as a model, particularly) can propel ladies into an eating disorder?  Absolutely yes.  There are "regular people" out here in Heartland America who battle eating disorders of all kinds simply because they see images of the "perfect body" every day, on every magazine, TV show, and movie screen they pass.  We are constantly barraged by the subtle, nearly subconscious, message that we are not good enough unless we look like (insert actress name here).


Now maginify that with the fact that ladies like Candace and Tracey Gold are IN the business... it's their JOB to look perfect - to project that image of skinny perfection.  I remember watching Growing Pains, in particular.  I'm Gold's age, and man, did I want to look like her.  We look nothing alike, of course, right down to the fact that my eyes are blue and hers are brown.  But that didn't stop me from beating the crap out of myself every time I saw her on TV, being all skinny and pretty, and then looking in the mirror and seeing my curvy (albeit healthy) body. 


I could not imagine haivng to hold up under the kind of pressure those ladies endure.  It takes a special kind of strength.

Parag Shah

Eating disorders are very complex illnesses with many possible causes being the trigger to the illness. The effects on the body are very serious, sometimes life threatening and one of the other serious side-effects is the chances of becoming infertile.
Eating disorders and infertility

nonmember avatar leah miner

anybody remember the ep of full house where everyone goes to the gym together (wtf?) and dj works herself excessively then collapses because she didnt eat?

having said that ..

i was hospitalized at a behavioral health unit at 16. i was 5`8". i weighed 98 lbs. ive never been ashamed. i will tell anyone who asks because if i can stop one girl from damaging herself .. from not getting an arrythmia or barretts esophogas .. from not being obsessed with her weight and screwing her life, i feel like ive done a good thing.

im healthy (aside from the arrythmia which makes me pretty tired). i have kids. im married. and thats the best victory i can imagine.

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