We’re talking about men’s health issues related to diabetes at Divabetic’s ‘Meet Me At The Barbershop’ outreach program at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital on Saturday, October 22, 2016, 10 AM -12 PM.
One of the men’s health headline that caught our attention was Penn State Nittany Lions’ kicker Joey Julius opening America’s eyes to the prevalence of eating disorders among men.
He admitted that even though his fans loved his size (he’s rumored to weigh 260 pounds) he secretly hated it.
“I was always calling myself fat, disgusting, lazy, ugly,” Julius told ABC News’ Paula Faris in an interview that aired today on “Good Morning America.” “My name is Joey Julius and I have an eating disorder.”
After eating salads in front of his teammates and coaches, Julius would smuggle food back to his dorm room and would “order cheese steak, French fries and Chinese food and binge eat until he was sick.
“After a long consideration of not only myself, my family, and my team I have decided to go public about my absence from the team during spring ball of 2016 and thru out this summer. I was admitted into the McCallum place on may 9th for eating disorders. 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. 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. Although I showed signs of bilemia through stints of purging from extreme anxiety placed on myself I am certain that binge eating disorder is my true diagnosis thru extensive care this summer for about three months of treatment in St. LOUIS Missouri until July 26th. 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. 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. I love Penn State and everything about this program and school and continue to do what I can to bring not only respect but honor to the name that so many before me Sacrificed to create. WE ARE PENN STATE and forever will be PENN STATE! If anyone and I mean anyone guy or girl is struggling with the 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. Praise be to God and thank him for my ability to be honest about this.”
It was only after that treatment that he realized just how destructive his disorder was. “After, I think, I got the treatment, that’s when I was like, You know what? If I would have continued down this path, you know, I might not be here right now,” he said. “And that’s why I’m just blessed.”
LISTEN NOW: We’re talking about loving our bodies on October’s Diabetes Late Nite podcast featuring music by Meghan Trainor.