James Argent enjoys a low-key outing in Essex

27 stone James Argent steps out in Essex after revealing he is preparing for life-saving gastric sleeve surgery

  • The TOWIE star, 33, recently revealed he had received a stark warning from doctors that he could die if he caught COVID-19
  • He has now received his first dose of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine after he was placed in the ‘high-risk category’ because of his weight 
  • Arg has battled drink and drug addiction since finding fame on TOWIE and in 2014 he was suspended from the show after he failed a routine drugs test 
  • In August 2019, Arg returned to rehab following a split from Gemma Collins in a bid to tackle his demons 
  • For help, call Samaritans for free on 116 123 or visit samaritans.org 

James Argent stepped out in Essex on Thursday, after revealing he was 27 stone and battling to lose weight for life-saving gastric sleeve surgery.  

The TOWIE star, 33, stepped out for a walk as he continues his weight loss campaign following a stark warning from doctors that he could die if he caught COVID-19. 

James wore a white t-shirt and jogging bottoms, paired with colourful trainers as he strolled.

The star later changed into a black sweater as he carried a bottle of water on his morning walk. 

Reality star: James Argent stepped out in Essex on Thursday, after revealing he was 27 stone and battling to lose weight for life-saving gastric sleeve surgery

The outing comes after James said he will have life-saving gastric surgery in the near future as he described doctors’ stark warning as ‘very worrying’ while appearing on Good Morning Britain this month.

The reality TV personality has now received his first dose of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine after he was placed in the ‘high-risk category’ because of his weight. 

He said: ‘They’ve [doctors] basically been saying, the size I am at the moment, it could be fatal. If I was to catch Covid, I could be a goner.’     

Speaking to Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid, James added: ‘It has been worrying. It’s been difficult putting on so much weight and obviously the fact I’ve got so big.  


Weight battle: Arg will have life-saving gastric surgery in the near future and described doctors’ warnings as ‘very worrying’ (right, in 2015)

‘It kind of shows I haven’t been in the greatest of places. But I’m sitting here this morning, I’m feeling super positive… 

‘I’ve got life-changing surgery, which is going to be taking place in the near future, it’s all booked up.   

‘I really feel like I’m making positive steps and I can’t wait to get back to my very best.’ 

James went on to explain how doctors have warned him he is in danger territory due to his weight and how if he were to catch Covid, it could be fatal. 

He also spoke about how being obese has ‘serious implications on my heart’- something which is of concern to him because both of his parents suffer from heart problems.    

‘I’ve been speaking regularly to the doctors and nurses at Transform Hospital Group. They’ve been giving me advice,’ he said. 

Refreshed: Arg carried a bottle of water as he walked along in the sunshine

‘They’ve basically been saying, the size I am at the moment, it could be fatal. If I was to catch Covid, I could be a goner. 

‘It’s not just that, my mum and dad, they’ve had heart problems themselves, so it’s kind of in my family hereditary, in my genes and stuff. I’ve got to tackle this now before it’s too late.’ 

James has said he is still undecided as to which type of gastric surgery he will have, but says once he has chosen, it will happen in the ‘near future’.  

 ‘It’s a really, really serious operation,’ he said. 

‘At the moment I haven’t decided specifically which one it’s going to be, there’s options of a sleeve, bypass, I need to still do a bit more research, speak to a few more people. 

‘But the surgery is going to happen, it’s going to happen in the near future. I really hope it’s going to work for me, it’s going to be life changing.’ 


Outing: The TOWIE star, 33, stepped out for a walk as he continues his weight loss campaign before having a gastric sleeve fitted

James revealed obesity is something he has been struggling with since he was a teenager and has found it ‘impossible’ to maintain a healthy weight.  

He said: ‘I’m not saying I can’t lose the weight without this type of surgery, but I’ve never been able to maintain it before. 

‘So I just believe that going for it this time, I’ve made a decision, I’ve spoken to all my friends, family, everyone’s had their opinions and you know nine times out of 10, they’ve said it’s not funny anymore, go for it. That’s why I’ve made the decision.    

‘It’s not like I’ve put weight on in lockdown and I’m doing something drastic to get it off, this is something that I’ve had this underlying issue in terms of weight and eating disorder since I was a teenager.’   

During the interview, James reflected on how he hasn’t gone through life ‘plain sailing’. 

 He said: ‘I’m inspired by Tyson Fury. He’s a heavyweight champion of the world, he’s had similar problems and demons to me in terms of drugs, in terms of drink, in terms of weight. He was morbidly obese. 

Sighting: James later donned a black sweater as he strolled in Essex

‘If he can turn it around and come back and become a world champion and get his life in order. 

‘I’m not saying I’m going to go on and become a world champion but if I can have 10% of the comeback he has then that would be the dream for me.’   

After his interview, the reality star took to Instagram and told fans he ‘can’t wait to be happy and healthy again’ and is feeling ‘super positive’ as he looks ahead to his surgery. 

He wrote: ‘A CHANGE IS GONNA COME. I can’t wait to be Happy & Healthy again, I’m feeling super positive. 

‘I’m nervous about the big operation & surgery but I know it’s for the best & will be life changing!


On his way: James looked focused as he walked along in the sunshine

‘I’m inspired by @gypsyking101 [Tyson Fury’s] comeback & can’t wait to be back to my very best.’ (sic)       

He has thanked his rehab team for their support with his ongoing addiction issues and encouraged others who are struggling to get help. 

James took to Instagram earlier this month to update fans on his recovery and thanked his followers for their messages during a ‘difficult time’.

Arg has battled drink and drug addiction since finding fame on TOWIE and in 2014 he was suspended from the show after he failed a routine drugs test.  

Health: James Argent has been warned by doctors that he could die if he caught coronavirus – after his weight crept up to 27 stone in lockdown

Making a change: The reality TV personality received his first dose of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine last month after he was placed in the ‘high-risk category’ because of his weight

Honest: James recently thanked his rehab team for their support with his ongoing addiction issues and encouraged others who are struggling to get help

 Speaking in the video he said: ‘Hey guys, I just want to thank each and every single one of you who have shown me nothing but love and support with all your messages over what’s been quite a difficult time for me.  

‘I know you’re worried but I can honestly say I feel so much more positive about the future and I feel so much better in myself and that’s because I have had day to day help from Dad in Recovery.

‘Nick is a leading addiction expert and alongside his team at Verve Health they’ve really helped me on what’s hopefully going to be a really special journey for me.  

Hopeful: The former TOWIE star took to Instagram on Sunday to update fans on his recovery and thanked fans for their messages during a ‘difficult time’

‘If you’re indoors at home and seeing this video message, please if you are struggling please do not suffer in silence, please reach out to Nick, Dad in Recovery and the whole team at Verve health and they will help you along your journey just like they’ve done with me.’

Alongside the post he wrote: ‘Thank you to Everyone for your continued support, It means so much. 

‘A special shout out to Nick @dadinrecovery & his team at @vervehealthrehabs for helping me on this path of my recovery journey. 

‘Don’t forget to ask for help, It’s out there. Don’t suffer alone! �� ❤️ #dadinrecovery #recoveryjourney #getsupport #help4addiction’.   

Recovery: Alongside the post he wrote: ‘Thank you to Everyone for your continued support, It means so much’

Journey: The TV star spent three months in a facility in Thailand over the festive season in 2016 in a bid to curb his addiction and revealed he checked himself in to a programme in order to get the ‘ongoing support’ he needed

Arg has battled drink and drug addiction for much of his adult life.

The TV star spent three months in a facility in Thailand over the festive season in 2016 in a bid to curb his addiction and revealed he checked himself in to a programme in order to get the ‘ongoing support’ he needed.

In August 2019, Arg returned to rehab following a split from Gemma Collins in a bid to tackle his demons. 

For help, call Samaritans for free on 116 123 or visit samaritans.org.  

GASTRIC SURGERY – WHAT IS IT? 

Gastric Bypass 

laparoscopic gastric bypass involves creating a small pouch in the stomach that restricts food intake and reduces nutrient absorption.

The pouch also limits food from coming into contact with the upper or lower intestine, further preventing absorption.

The operation involves five-to-six incisions in the abdomen.

Surgeons then staple the top portion of the stomach to separate it from the bottom, creating a pouch. 

A small section of the small intestine is then attached to the pouch, allowing food to bypass to the lower stomach.

 

Sleeve Gastrectomy

Sleeve gastrectomy staples off a portion of the stomach and removes the excess – effectively turning it from a pouch into a sleeve. 

As no part of the stomach is bypassed, nutrients are absorbed in the usual way. 

However, the restrictions on the amount of food patients are able to eat means patients will still need to take supplements. 

The results are excellent, achieving up to 70 percent excess weight loss, just shy of the standard set by the gastric bypass.  

As well as weight loss, sleeve gastrectomy has also been proven to bring about remission of diabetes. 

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