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Penn State’s 250+ Pound Kicker Joey Julius Reveals Battle With Eating Disorder
Penn State Nittany Lions kicker Joey Julius became an instant internet sensation for his punishing hits he delivers to kick returners during kickoffs, but on Monday he revealed something he battled earlier this year.
“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 didn’t attend spring and summer camps with the Penn State football team as he was receiving treatment for his disorder.
“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,” he wrote. “And I would love to help.”
All better now, Joey just focuses on kicking the ball and destroying kick returners.