James Argent was told by doctors he needs to 'lose weight or die' after he admits he now weighs over 26 stone.
Arg says his weight crept up when he stopped exercising in lockdown and replaced drink and drugs with fast food.
The 33-year-old told The Sun : “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.”
He added: “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.
“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.”
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The TOWIE star is now thinking over which gastric surgery to have in a bid to reduce his weight.
He is considering a bypass, which staples part of the stomach together to reduce its size, or a sleeve gastrectomy where a large section of the stomach is removed.
Both surgeries, which cost around £10,000, will reduce the amount of food he can eat.
His weight has yo-yoed over the years amid battles with drugs and alcohol.
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Five years ago, he was clean and sober and in good shape after he lost four stone in preparation to marry his now ex, Lydia Bright.
However, today he is now home alone considering a serious operation.
Arg admits he is now depressed and comfort eats junk food and won't leave his house in daylight so he won't be recognised.
Best friend Mark Wright was in tears when he stepped in to help, he says.
He was 'so upset' when he saw Arg was nearly 27 stone after stepping on the scales.
The 33-year-old blames the Covid pandemic for shutting swimming pools and gyms which destroyed his exercise routine.
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