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.”
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.”