Joey Julius Discusses Eating Disorder On Good Morning America

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Last week, Penn State kicker and cult icon Joey Julius made a very personal announcement on his Facebook page shedding light on the reason he was absent from the program through the spring and summer. He shared that he’s been struggling with an eating disorder, and he further elaborated on his fight on a Good Morning America segment that aired this morning.

“I was always calling myself fat, disgusting, lazy, ugly,” Julius said during the interview. “My name is Joey Julius and I have an eating disorder.” Julius says he feels blessed to be at the point he’s at now, because if he didn’t receive treatment, he might not be here today.

The kicker’s been going viral seemingly on a weekly basis after becoming a force to be reckoned with on kickoff coverage. In turn, he’s also become subject to late hits and targeting by opposing players — behavior coaches are trying to stop, but something James Franklin feels may continue.

Julius’ courage to share with the community his struggles is commendable and might help to encourage others to seek help and open up.

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David Abruzzese

David is a senior from Rochester, NY, nestled right in beautiful Western New York. He is majoring in Broadcast Journalism, and as an avid sports fan, he passionately supports the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres. He is the first Penn Stater from his family, and couldn’t be prouder to represent Penn State University. In his free time, he likes to alpine ski, and play golf. You can follow him on Twitter @abruz11, and can contact him via email at [email protected]

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