Penn State Football Player Says He Underwent Treatment For Binge Eating Disorder
One of the most harmful misconceptions about eating disorders is that everyone with one is a young girl starving herself to be thin. Contrary to this idea, there are actually several forms of eating disorders and they can affect anyone – no matter their age, gender, or race.
Joey Julius made this clear this week when the Penn State football player publicly announced he recently underwent treatment for binge eating disorder.
Julius has made a reputation for his perfectly aimed kicks and brutal tackles, but on Monday morning the 5’10”, 258-pound kicker told the world he had missed this season’s spring practices because he was receiving treatment at McCallum Place Eating Disorders Center in St. Louis.
The football player says he had begun to gain weight while dealing with depression and anxiety, leading team staff to begin to worry about his health.
”My team physicians started to notice not only a change in my overall happiness but also my performance as a normal human being,” he wrote.
Julius says during his three months of receiving treatment, he learned he was living with binge eating disorder (BED) – characterized by periods of extreme overeating, often to the point of discomfort. Feelings of loss of control during these binges are another common sign of BED. This is typically followed by feelings of shame or guilt related to their eating.
In a statement, Penn State head coach James Franklin said the team is “very proud of Joe and fully support him as he deals with these personal matters.”
In his post on Facebook, Julius went beyond just sharing his own story and experiences. He also offered personal help to anyone struggling with similar experiences.
“Please message me as I will be in immediate contact to help in any way I can to provide information or insight on my struggles and I would love to help.”
You can read Joey Julius’ entire Facebook post below:
After a long consideration of not only myself, my family, and my team I have decided to go public about my absence from the team during spring ball of 2016 and thru out this summer. I was admitted into the McCallum place on may 9th for eating disorders. Due to my increase in not only weight but also depression and anxiety my team physicians started to notice not only a change in my overall happiness but also my performance as a normal human being. Throughout this whole process I learned a lot about myself. I learned that for the last 11 years of my life I have suffered through a disorder known as binge eating disorder. Although I showed signs of bilemia through stints of purging from extreme anxiety placed on myself I am certain that binge eating disorder is my true diagnosis thru extensive care this summer for about three months of treatment in St. LOUIS Missouri until July 26th. In order to come to this conclusion I have no one to thank except for Coach James Franklin and my training staff and doctors that stuck with me throughout this whole process. They all noticed that I was not myself and that I needed extensive care such as the program in St. Louis that I attended this summer. I love Penn State and everything about this program and school and continue to do what I can to bring not only respect but honor to the name that so many before me Sacrificed to create. WE ARE PENN STATE and forever will be PENN STATE! If anyone and I mean anyone guy or girl is struggling with the the same or anything similar please message me as I will be in immediate contact to help in any way i can to provide information or insight on my struggles and I would love to help. Praise be to God and thank him for my ability to be honest about this.
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