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James Argent says he’s too thin after dropping 13st and has to put weight on


James ‘Arg’ Argent has said he’s too thin and needs to put on weight, after losing 13 stone, following gastric surgery.

The 34-year-old reality star, who had his operation last Spring after reaching 27 stone, is now focussed on sensibly gaining weight to achieve a size he is content with.

In an interview with The Sun, the former TOWIE cast member said: “This is the first time in my life that I like the way I look too – I don’t feel ugly anymore – I’m content and happy with my appearance.

“The only problem now is I’ve lost a little bit too much weight and I need to put on half a stone,” he laughed. “Everyone thinks it’s hilarious, we didn’t think we’d ever be in this situation but it’s one thing or another with me – that’s just me!”

James Argent weighed 27 stone at his heaviest


James Argent/Instagram)

The reality star has lost a staggering amount of weight after gastric surgery

Arg was told to “lose weight or die” by doctors after he reached 26st 13lB in 2020 after junk food binges during the pandemic.

He had a gastric sleeve operation last April, which cost £10,000.

He said at the time: “I don’t want to die. An op is the only way I can lose weight.”

He said: “Before my big operation in April, which was the best thing I’ve ever done, I would substitute booze and drugs for food – but now my portion control is managed due to the gastric sleeve, I can’t turn to food anymore.”

Arg has been open about his battles with drugs, alcohol and food



Arg has struggled with drugs and alcohol in the past-including nearly dying after suffering two drug overdoses while he was hooked on cocaine- but had managed to work through his issues and was living sober for two years.

But earlier this month, a night out ended in disaster as Arg relapsed and started drinking – prompting concerned friends to call an ambulance which attended to him at his home in Essex.

The TV personality says it took him two days to recover from his relapse – but added that he still doesn’t feel back to full health.

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However, he now is focused on getting better and is attending a walk-in rehab centre six days per week.

Arg’s relapse was first reported back on February 11.

A source revealed at the time: “James has been doing so well, but the drastic change to his lifestyle has had pressures of its own and can be tough.

“Unfortunately it happened on a day when he was feeling low and an ambulance had to be called.”

The source added: “He is now focusing on surrounding himself with the right people who support him in his new healthy lifestyle.”

* Frank offers confidential advice about drugs and addiction (email [email protected], message 82111 or call 0300 123 6600) or the NHS has information about getting help.

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