Let’s Talk About It: Get Involved in the Conversation About Binge Eating Disorder
Another great and insightful piece by our friends at Castlewood Treatment Centers! Just in time for… ANYTIME you need additional insight on BED
Playing football is not without its share of occupational hazards. Both college and pro athletes are at risk for concussions, broken bones, and more. And that’s not the only risk: Eating disorders, though seldom discussed within the context of “masculine” sports like football, are all too common among athletes of all stripes.
Thankfully, one ball player has finally stood up to say so.
The Joey Julius Story
His name is Joey Julius, and if you don’t know him, he’s the kicker for Penn State. He’s a great player whose kicks have gone viral more than once, but fans noted his absence from both spring and summer training sessions. The reason was initially unclear, but has since been confirmed: Julius was seeking treatment for an eating disorder, and for binge eating disorder in particular.
“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 explained, in a public statement. “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.”
His candor is admirable, and his recovery is something we can all celebrate—but it’s what Julius said next in his public statement that really makes him a hero.
“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,” Julius shared. “And I would love to help.”
An Ally in Recovery
Julius’ words are praiseworthy for a number of reasons. For one, his honesty draws awareness to an important but not often talked-about truth: Binge eating disorder is the most common eating disorder in the United States… and as many as two percent of all men are affected by it.
Even more important than that, though, is the way in which Julius proves how valuable it can be to offer your own story as an encouragement to others. Simply by being honest and open about your struggle, you can reassure other people that they are not alone in their battle with binge eating disorder. You can encourage them to seek treatment—affirming, from your own experience, that it can make a world of difference. For those already in recovery a story like Julius’ can offer a push to keep moving forward.
Anyone who has been through an eating disorder knows how lonely it can seem—but your struggle and your story empower you to be an ally. Julius realizes this, and takes it seriously—and in doing so, he is a great example to all of us.