Kicker who bat­tles eat­ing dis­or­der off Penn State ros­ter

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - CINDY BOREN

Joey Julius, the Penn State kicker who went public last fall with his bat­tle with an eat­ing dis­or­der, is no longer on the Nit­tany Lions ros­ter.

Julius, who be­came a so­cial me­dia sensation for his big hits, said he had missed spring foot­ball while un­der­go­ing treat­ment, as he did last spring and sum­mer, for a binge-eat­ing dis­or­der at a St. Louis fa­cil­ity.

“Just as an up­date I am do­ing well and the treat­ment is help­ing,” he wrote in May on Face­book. “There is light at the end of the tun­nel. It is just a very long tun­nel.”

Listed as five-foot-ten and 258 pounds, Julius, 22, said in Oc­to­ber af­ter open­ing up about his dis­or­der “I was al­ways call­ing my­self fat, dis­gust­ing, lazy, ugly. My name is Joey Julius, I have an eat­ing dis­or­der.”

In­creas­ing weight and de­pres­sion caused him to seek treat­ment at McCal­lum Place, in St. Louis.

“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. “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 bu­limia 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.”

Julius said he would eat sal­ads with team­mates, then binge pri­vately un­til he be­came ill. “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 some times I would cry.

“Af­ter, I think, I got the treat­ment, that’s when I was like: ‘You know what? If I would have con­tin­ued down this path, you know, I might not be here right now,’” he said, “and that’s why I’m just blessed.”

In May he re­turned for treat­ment, say­ing he hoped to be back.

Mon­day, af­ter news came out that he was no longer on the team, he tweeted his thanks “for the kind mes­sages. Just so you don’t worry, I am in full re­cov­ery and have been dis­charged from treat­ment for a while.”

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Kicker Joey Julius is be­ing treated for binge eat­ing.

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