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August 17, 2016 12:35 PM

Candace Cameron Bure battled an eating disorder for years, and now she’s using her experience to help others who are struggling.

Since revealing in her 2011 memoir, Reshaping It All, that she had hidden an eating disorder from both family and friends, the Fuller House star is now working to shed light on the surprisingly common occurrence of adulthood eating disorders.

“So many people think that eating disorders are a teenage problem, but I was in my 20s,” Cameron Bure, now 40, tells Good Housekeeping. “I’ve met people suffering in their 30s, 40s, up to 80 years old.”

Now that she has found self-acceptance, the actress has teamed up with the Eating Recovery Center to raise awareness.

“One of the great things about being a celebrity is that you are given a platform to highlight things you feel strongly about,” she shares. “My goal is to encourage other people to know that there’s hope. I’ve learned that enjoying life is what’s important.”

The mom of three previously told PEOPLE that she feels better than ever about her body and has found the perfect formula – confidence and a killer workout routine.

“I’ve never felt more confident,” Bure said at the time. “Each year that I get older, I feel better and better, and more confident about my body and the woman that I am.”

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