A Penn State kicker is sharing his story after an eating disorder kept him off of the football field.
At nearly 260-pounds, Joey Julius is beloved by fans for his ability to pose as a duel threat, occasionally tackling the returner after he kicks the ball. He’s even been dubbed the “hardest-hitting kicker in college football” by ESPN.
After Julius missed spring and summer workouts with his team, he shared the surprising reason why in a public Facebook post on October 3rd. Julius explained during that time, he was being treated for a binge eating disorder at a treatment center in St. Louis.
Julius appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Friday in his first TV interview since making the announcement. During the interview, he revealed that after eating excessive amounts of food, “I would have to lay down to the point where I was so sick I couldn’t move and just lay there.”
Now, the football player wants to disrupt the notion that females are the only ones who struggle with eating disorders. “We all eat,” he reasoned.
Public interviews are not the only way Julius is spreading his message of awareness and hope. On Facebook, he offered to privately help anyone in a similar situation, writing, “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.”
Julius has returned to Penn State and is back to playing football for the 2016 season.
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