Candace Cameron Bure Hopes to Instill Positive Body Image in Her Children: 'Love Who You Are'

Candace Cameron Bure has been open about her struggles with bulimia, and she is hoping to prevent her own children from going down the same path by working to instill a positive body image in all of them.

“As a mom, I’m always telling my children, ‘Love who you are,'” Cameron Bure, 40 – who is mother to daughter Natasha, 18, son Lev, 16, and son Maksim, 14 – says on Wednesday’s episode of The Dr. Oz Show. “‘You are beautifully and wonderfully made. You are unique and there is no one like you. Embrace it and love it.'”

And if they do begin to have any issues, the Fuller House star has let them know it’s okay to reach out for help.

“If there is a point of struggle in your life, the first step is to tell someone,” she says. “I think that’s the hardest thing to do, and once you share it and get it out there, then you can look for ways to recover.”

Cameron Bure also opened up about how she has rebuilt her own relationship with food.

“I’ve had to learn to view food as my fuel and something I can enjoy, and do enjoy and am allowed to enjoy in moderation,” she says. “I can no longer look at food as my source of comfort because that’s what I was doing. I would feed my emotions with food.”

The actress hopes that be being open about her own struggles with an eating disorder, she can help educate people about them and remove some of the stigmas surrounding them.

“I think that there are so many misconceptions about eating disorders,” she says. “I think a lot of people look at them as a young teenage girl’s disease and they’re not. It affects 30 million Americans, and it doesn’t discriminate against men, women, age, race, color, nationality.”

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