National Eating Disorders Association

Penn State Kicker Joey Julius Reveals Struggle with Binge Eating Disorder

Diana Denza, Communications Associate

Penn State kicker Joey Julius publicly disclosed his struggle with binge eating disorder (BED) in a recent Facebook post. From May through July of this year, Julius received treatment at a St. Louis facility that specializes in eating disorders. 

In his Facebook post, Julius wrote: “Due to my increase in not only weight but also depression and anxiety my team [of] physicians started to notice not only a change in my overall happiness but also my performance as a normal human being…I learned that for the last 11 years of my life I have suffered through a disorder known as binge eating disorder.”

BED is the most common eating disorder in the United States, and affects two percent of men. Symptoms of BED include secretive and impulsive food behaviors, periods of dieting or fasting and feelings of disgust about one’s own body. For a full list of symptoms and more general information about BED, visit our Learn section

We applaud Julius for coming forward and encouraging others to reach out for support. If you or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder, we are here to help. Call our toll free, confidential Helpline at 1-800-931-2237 for information and treatment options.