Professional athletes gain or lose potentially millions of dollars based on the way their body looks and performs. But what happens when the pursuit of perfection shipwrecks your life? Patrick Devenny walks us through how he suddenly found himself — a six foot, three inch, muscled, and fine tuned athlete — facing a diagnosis of bulimia… and how he was able to find a way out. Along the way we talk with Rebecca McConville, a registered dietician, board certified sports specialist, eating disorder clinician and cohost of the podcast Phit for a Queen.
Hello, my name is Patrick Devenny and I am a male that has struggled with disordered eating and restrictive eating for many years now. I am a former professional football player and attended the University of Colorado at Boulder where I was a business major. Looking back, it is hard to pinpoint the exact moment that my eating disorder started to take over my life given the pressures of trying to do whatever was necessary to achieve my dream of playing in the NFL. All I do know is that once my career was over, it took a few years, but in 2015, I realized just how consumed my life was with food and body image issues. While still on the path to recovery, I have developed a passion for raising awareness for athletes/males with eating disorders in hopes that my story can help at least one person with their own journey in recovery. In my free time, I have a new obsession of running around Denver with my new Goldendoodle pup, Slugger! Despite the fact he never lets me sleep, he is amazing! Follow Patrick on Instagram: @patrickdevenney
Current band on repeat: Tie between Mumford & Sons and Rend Collective.
Just became a Pup-Dad to a Goldendoodle named Slugger.
If I were to re-watch any favorite childhood TV Show it would be: Full House
It creeps me out when people call me “Mr. Devenny”
I am a Pisces and an only child. Now you know me.
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