MARK Wright burst into tears after seeing his best pal James ‘Arg’ Argent had ballooned to 26 stone.
The shocking enormity of the situation recently left Arg’s best friend Mark Wright, and footballer brother Josh, who run a fitness company together, in tears when they stepped in to help their childhood pal.
Arg told The Sun: “Mark is my inspiration — he’s got his life together, he’s fit and healthy, he’s got a gorgeous wife and a successful career.
“There’s no reason why I can’t achieve all of those things too when I’ve lost weight.
“He wants to help me and told me ‘get on the scales’. It’s embarrassing to say, but they were so upset when they saw I was nearly 27 stone.
“We used to banter because I was always the chubby one, but this time Mark just said ‘Arg, this isn’t even funny anymore, this is serious.’
“And he’s right. Nobody wants to work with me or take me seriously.
“I don’t have a girlfriend because I’m too self-conscious and unconfident to take my clothes off.
“I bought this big family home a few years ago to settle down in, but now I’m living here alone with no family in it.
“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 blames his recent weight gain on the Covid crisis, which shut swimming pools and his boxing gym, destroying his exercise routine.
He explained: “I’d made some progress last year with my weight loss as I was enjoying boxing and going swimming — but all of a sudden I could no longer do that.”
“I don’t have a routine anymore without the gym and I spend a lot of time alone. I’m bored and have more time on my hands as all my gigs are cancelled.
“I have no wife, girlfriend or children to talk to and it gets lonely, so I do turn to food. I turn to food when I’m happy too.
“I’ve had to delete the food delivery apps off my phone, otherwise it’s too easy to order whatever I fancy — usually fizzy drinks, chewy sweets, ice cream, chocolate, pizza.”
He’s pledged to lose 12 stone by summer by going under the knife — and is agonising over which type of gastric surgery to have.
Arg is being forced to take drastic measures after being warned he could die.
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He said: “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 workout 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 it done. Everyone knows it’s the only way I can lose weight.”