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James Argent reveals plans to undergo gastric surgery to lose weight: ‘I don’t want to die’

The reality star has admitted he "needs help"


James Argent has revealed his plans to undergo gastric surgery to lose weight, amid serious fears for his health.

The 33-year-old is currently 26 stone, after gaining weight during lockdown.

Speaking to The Sun, Arg said: “I don’t want to die. An op is the only way I can lose weight. I see pictures of myself and it’s too upsetting.”

“The other day I had to ask my manager to put my shoes on for me because I just couldn’t do it — my belly is too big. I can’t do up my own shoe laces.”

“I don’t want to die, it’s as simple as that. I’ve been told by doctors that I am morbidly obese and need to lose weight, but I have an eating disorder, so I can’t do it.”


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Arg continued: “I’ll either starve and work out three times a day and be really skinny, or do no exercise and eat takeaways every day. I can’t maintain my weight — I need help.”

“Nobody is trying to stop me from having an op. Everyone knows it’s the only way I can lose weight.”

“I am having my consultation in a couple of weeks to decide what I’ll do — it’s really scary but it’s for the best and I have to do it to maintain my weight for good.”

The former TOWIE also confessed his weight has seriously affected his mental health.

“I am depressed about it. I don’t want anyone to see me. If I need to do anything, I wait until it’s 4.30pm and it’s dark outside,” he said.

“Nobody wants to work with me or take me seriously. I don’t have a girlfriend because I’m too self-conscious and unconfident to take my clothes off.”

“I bought this big family home a few years ago to settle down in, but now I’m living here alone with no family in it.”