- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 4, 2016

If you’ve tuned into a Penn State football game this year, you may have quickly noticed Joey Julius, the Nittany Lions’ kicker, a player who is abnormally large for the position.

Julius took to Facebook to discuss the reasoning behind his absence from spring workouts earlier this year through summer training. Julius was admitted earlier this year to an eating disorder treatment center. Julius suffers from binge eating disorder.

“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 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.”

Julius has twice gone viral for his big hits on opposing teams’ kick returns.

Julius attended McCallum Place, a treatment center in St. Louis that focuses oncreating a safe and supportive environment for patients to learn and practice integration of new skills to restore health and balance in life.”

Julius wrote that he attended the center with full support from his coach.

“In order to come to this conclusion, 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,” Julius wrote. “They all noticed that I was not myself and that I needed extensive care such as the program in St. Louis that I attended this summer.”

“If anyone — and I mean anyone, guy or girl — is struggling with 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.”

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