Penn State Kicker Reminds Us Men Have Eating Disorders, Too
November 7, 2016
Maybe you never thought of it, but eating disorders affect every race, gender, and body size. Thus, the people who suffer from them don't look how you'd expect them to.
It's one very important takeaway from Penn State kicker Joey Julius's viral Facebook post, in which he went public about his diagnosis of binge eating disorder. Julius, a popular player, said he spend several months in treat after being admitted May 9, 2016.
"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," he wrote." "...I learned that for the last 11 years of my life I have suffered through a disorder known as binge eating disorder."
The football player wrote that he suffered with extreme bouts of anxiety that resulted in "stints with purging." He missed several months of team activities while getting treatment.
Binge eating disorder is characterized by recurrent episodes of compulsive overeating or binge eating. People with BED typically eat a large quantity of food discreetly, in a specific amount of time--say twenty minutes to two hours--and generally feel a loss of control during the episode, according to the National Eating Disorder Association.
It's also the most common eating disorder in the U.S., and about 40% of people suffering with BED are male. Julius' decision to go public is raising awareness for men who suffer with an eating disorder--an illness many assume just affects women.