Penn State kicker Joey Julius went to Facebook to publicly share his personal battle with an eating disorder.
Julius said he’s suffered from binge eating disorder the past 11 years. He said the eating disorder was the reason for his absence from the team during spring ball and this summer.
Julius also said he has been battling depression. He got treatment to help him with his disorder.
Julius is listed as 5-foot-10 and 258 pounds on Penn State’s website.
“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,” Julius said in the post. “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…”
Julius had big praise for coach James Franklin, the staff, doctors and the program for their help.
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. He also said he would be happy to help anyone else struggling.”
“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.”
Here’s his full post: