Candace Cameron Bure of 'Full House' reveals bulimia battle
Candace Cameron Bure, who played teenager D.J. Tanner on the comedy series "Full House," details her struggle with the eating disorder bulimia in her new book, "Reshaping It All."
The 34-year-old actress says she began binging and throwing up her food after the sitcom ended in 1995. A year later, she married Valeri Bure, a Russian-born hockey player. The two have three children - Natasha, 12, Lev, 10, and Maks, 8.
"It's a very dangerous cycle that can just start to consume your life and really take over," Cameron Bure told People magazine. "It wasn't about me trying to lose weight. It was all about emotions."
An episode of "Full House" showed DJ taking drastic measures to try to slim down to match her friend Kimmy Gibler's fit bikini body ahead of a party. DJ exercised to the point of fainting and licked ice cubes to try to curb her appetite.
"I don't like the way I look," DJ tells her father, played by Bob Saget, in the episode after he confronts her about it. "I want to look like these models. Because they're beautiful. Show me one girl in here with this round face and these Charlie Brown cheeks."
Cameron Bure, whose older brother is Kirk Cameron of "Growing Pains," currently plays a gym manager on the ABC Family teen gymnastics series "Make it or Break It." The show is on hiatus and is set to return in early 2011.
Mary-Kate Olsen, who played DJ's little sister Michelle on "Full House" along with her twin Ashley, underwent treatment for the eating disorder anorexia in 2004. Tracey Gold, who starred alongside Cameron on "Growing Pains," has also spoken out about her battle with anorexia.