Penn State kicker Joey Julius has decided to go public with his struggle with an eating disorder in a post of Facebook.
Julius was absent from the team from May through the summer and missed a majority of team events while he was getting treatment. Julius, who is listed at 258 pounds, struggles with a disorder known as “binge eating disorder,” though he admits he has at times struggled with depression, anxiety and bulimia.
In the message, he thanks coach James Franklin and the training staff and doctors for their support through the entire process.
He was admitted on May 9 and received treatment until July 26.
After a long consideration of not only myself, my family, and my team I have decided to go public about my absence from…
You have to appreciate the strength it takes for Julius to come forward with such a powerful statement.
We’d like to wish him the best as he continues his battle moving forward. But know he is comfortable enough to address the issue in public proves he has a strong support system around him.
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