Candace Cameron Bure Kicks-Off First-Ever Eating Recovery Day
Posted On May 04, 2016
Yesterday marked the first-ever Eating Recovery Day, which seeks to raise awareness of eating disorders. Eating disorders are a serious mental illness and have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness (even higher than depression). About 23 people each day die from an eating disorder.
Eating disorders don’t just include anorexia and bulimia. There’s binge eating disorder, compulsive overeating, diabulimia, avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder, and other unspecified treatments. In the U.S., as many as 10 million women and one million men have an eating disorder.
Eating Recovery Day raises awareness, removes the stigma, and inspires hope that with proper treatment, guidance, and support, recovery is possible and worth it.
The event was held in New York City and featured a panel of former Eating Recovery Center (ERC) patients and Fuller House star, Candace Cameron Bure, who suffered from bulimia in the past.
Bure’s eating disorder surprisingly did not start during her time on Full House, but it started when she stopped working on Full House and moved with her husband to Montreal to be a wife. She said, “I kind of lost the sense of who I was because I placed so much value in myself as not only a friend and a daughter, but as an actress having worked for so many years. I couldn’t quite find my place.”
With her husband on the road for 41 out of 82 games, Candace was alone for so many nights and didn’t know what to do with herself. “There was always one friend that was always there for me and was so readily available any time I wanted and that for me was food.”
Eric Dorsa, a recovery ambassador for ERC, said, “The biggest obstacle for me was finding clinicians and treatment centers that would actually treat a male with an eating disorder.” Dorsa was first diagnosed with anorexia at age 12.
Recovery ambassador Savannah Kerr, said that five years recovered is something she could never imagine that she could do. She’s in recovery from anorexia.
Each ambassador shared one piece of advice for anyone battling an eating disorder. Bure said, “Tell someone.” Dorsa said, “You’re not alone,” and Kerr said, “Just do it.”
Bure also shared her wish, “My wish is, that by sharing my story for Eating Recovery Day, it has brought hope to those who are suffering.”
Join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #EatingRecoveryDay and if you or someone you know is suffering, visit eatingrecoverycenter.com.