James Argent has candidly admitted that he’ll simply die without gastric surgery.
The former TOWIE star, 33, now weighs 26 stone after quitting exercise and replacing drink and drugs with unlimited takeaways and fast food.
Arg now fears for his life after admitting that he “has a problem” when it comes to his weight, especially after doctors put it bluntly by telling him: “Lose weight or die.”
“I don’t want to die. An op is the only way I can lose weight,” Arg told The Sun.
“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.”
Arg admits that he knows he has an eating disorder, but cannot do anything about it.
And when it comes to taking back control of his diet, Arg says there are only two options for him – and one is just as extreme as the other.
“I’ll either starve and work out three times a day and be really skinny, or do no exercise and eat takeaways every day,” he explained.
“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.”
Admitting that he’s done “a lot of research” about gastric operations and what they entail, the reality TV star is now picking and choosing the one that’s right for his situation.
On the cards for him is a bypass – a procedure which staples part of the stomach together to make it smaller, or a sleeve gastrectomy – an op where most of the stomach is completely removed.
Both options are not cheap, each costing him £10,000 should he choose to undergo one of them.
Arg has been open about his ever-shifting weight.
He famously slimmed down to 14st in 2015.
But it wasn’t long after when he began to balloon up again, with his drug addiction coming in to play and naturally causing even more problems for the star.
Arg’s weight yo-yo’d heavily during his on/off relationship with Gemma Collins.
Though the pair are not together anymore, it was ultimately The GC who actually saved Arg’s life when it came down to it.
In October 2019, Gemma was forced to call 999 after Arg had collapsed while alone in his home when he didn’t answer his phone.
Gem decided to split from Arg last year after he reportedly wanted an open relationship.
Gemma was left hurting after James called her a slew of cruel names including a “hippo” and “fat f**k”.
She shared a collection of savage screenshots of their exchange on her Instagram before quickly deleting the messages.
Just months before that, Arg’s cocaine addiction got so bad that he was left with no choice but to seek help.
The reality TV star went into rehab in the New Year to try and fix his alcohol and weight battle.
It was then when fellow TOWIE pal Mark Wright stepped in to help.
Mark was left fearing for his best pal’s life at the height of the troubled star’s cocaine addiction.
Arg had suffered two near-fatal overdoses as he battled addiction but he refused Mark’s attempts to get him help at rehab.
The TV star sought help from a counsellor who advised him his friend’s death was a risk he had to take because sometimes someone has to hit “rock bottom” before they will get help.
He said: “I called up [the counsellor] and said what could I do? I’ve taken every step. He just said to me sometimes you let them hit rock bottom and know they need help.
“You can’t do anything else. I asked, what if he dies? It’s the risk you have to take.”
“Just before Christmas 2019 there were some bad moments,” he added.
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