Penn State Kicker Joey Julius Reenters Treatment For Binge Eating Disorder
Last year, Penn State place-kicker Joey Julius made headlines for bravely telling the public about his struggles with and treatment for an eating disorder. At the time, he had recently finished treatment for binge eating disorder.
After missing a spring game with the team, the player says he is again undergoing treatment in a statement shared on Facebook.
“I have been struggling over the last couple months with my eating disorder,” Julius said in his Facebook post on Friday. “It got to the point where I had to return to St. Louis to seek further treatment at the McCallum place. Recovery is a wonderful and beautiful thing that I am working on returning too. For anyone out there that has similar struggles I hope you too can seek help in some way.”
Julius says he has battled the disorder for over a decade. He has previously described how he would often eat salads or other healthy options in front of his teammates before sneaking back to his room to binge on Chinese food or cheesesteaks.
Binge-eating is one of the least talked about forms of eating disorders, despite being the most common eating disorder in the United States. According to the National Eating Disorders Association, binge eating disorder affects approximately 2 percent of men.
The athlete’s original statement was remarkable for breaking the stereotype that eating disorders are a “girl problem.” It served as a reminder that eating disorders can affect people of all genders, ages, and body shapes. However, his new statement provides a different reminder.
Julius’s most recent decision to enter treatment again shows that eating disorder recovery is not always a linear path. Many who choose to enter treatment frequently relapse or continue to struggle with aspects of their disorder throughout their life. But, there is always hope.
As Julius says, “There is light at the end of the tunnel. It is just a very long tunnel.”
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