James Argent shares slim throwback snap as he thanks fans for support after hitting 26 stone

JAMES 'Arg' Argent has shared a slim throwback snap as he thanked fans for their support after revealing he had reached 26 stone.

The 33-year-old revealed to The Sun his weight had ballooned to 26 stone when he stopped exercising in lockdown — and replaced drink and drugs with fast food.

Arg shared his fears he would die if he didn't lose weight in the heartbreaking interview, and has received an outpouring of love and support since.

Taking to Instagram tonight, Arg shared a throwback snap of him when he was thinner and captioned it: "Thank you so much for all your support, I’m overwhelmed by your kindness.

"I was so nervous to do the interview as I didn’t want to face up to the facts that my Eating Disorder has got the better of me again but Its time to be honest with myself & put my health first, Enough is enough!

"My dream is to be as happy & healthy as I was in this photo, I loved myself & felt confident!"

Arg continued: "I appreciate you reaching out & giving me advice about weight loss surgery. I’ve been battling for years & I’ve thought long & hard about it.

"I know people will have there own opinion but it’s my journey & I’m going to go for it. I hope to get back to my very best once & for all!"

Arg's post comes after he told The Sun: "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.”

Arg is now agonising over which gastric surgery to have and is torn between a bypass, which staples part of the stomach together to make it smaller, or a sleeve gastrectomy where a large section of the stomach is removed.

Both operations, which cost around £10,000 each, will reduce the amount of food he can eat.

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