Joey Julius became a household name at Penn State last season, as the hefty kicker became known as one of the biggest hitters on the team. Yesterday, he revealed his long ongoing battle with binge eating disorder.
“My team physicians started to notice not only a change in my overall happiness but also my performance as a normal human being,” Julius wrote.
Julius said his binge eating would involve eating a salad in front of his teammates but then hiding food in his backpack to take to his room to eat alone. He said he would order cheesesteak, French fries and Chinese food and binge eat until he was sick. ”
“I would have to lay down to the point where I was so sick I couldn’t move and [I would] just, you know, lay there,” he said. “And there were sometimes I would cry.”
Last night, Julius announced on his Facebook page that he has decided to take some time off from football to seek treatment for the disorder.
Hello friends and family. I just wanted to let everyone know since I have been asked a bunch why I was not at blue white or why I am not at school. I have been struggling over the last couple months with my eating disorder. 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. Your feelings should be completely validated and I wish you all the best in your search for recovery. Just as an update I am doing well and the treatment is helping. There is light at the end of the tunnel. It is just a very long tunnel. For my friends and family I would love to hear how you are doing and I am ready to talk to you guys. I love getting letters and have found some peace in writing them as well. If you want to send me a letter my address is 231 Lockwood Ave 63119 Webster Groves MO. Just to reiterate recovery is possible. I would also like to announce that I will be starting a blog here shortly and will upload the link soon. I wish you all a happy cinco de mayo especially to my baby sisters 20th birthday Abby Julius
Hopefully Joey can conquer this disorder and get better soon.