James 'Arg' Argent looks slimmer than ever on Loose Women after 13 stone weight loss

By Jasmine Allday

James 'Arg' Argent looked slimmer than ever as he appeared on Loose Women today following his 13 stone weight loss.

The former Only Way Is Essex star has battled an eating disorder in the past but is getting his health back in check, after dropping an impressive 13 stone since the start of last year.

Arg underwent gastric band surgery and has since lost the impressive amount of weight, but he took a look back at his own experiences with eating disorders for a special VT for the ITV show.

In it, James met with Jess Griffiths from the eating disorder charity Beat as well as two other men who had battled eating disorders themselves.

Arg was investigating male eating disorders in the special VT (ITV)

He also spoke with his mum Patricia about how she had helped to identify he was struggling with his health and weight.

Explaining how a quarter of the people in the UK suffering with an eating disorder are male, he said: "I’m one of them. I’ve been suffering with a binge eating disorder for over half of my life and although people might think that condition is quite rare, more people actually suffer from binge eating disorders than what they do from anorexia and bulimia."

Arg looked dramatically different in January 2021 (ITV)

Arg also had a frank conversation with his mother about his own struggles.

"When did you notice there was something not right with me?" he asked her, to which she replied: "Lockdown is when it started to creep up on you. You seemed to be putting on weight every week and I noticed you weren’t moving as much as you could have been, and you just didn’t seem happy in yourself."

He admitted he would struggle to leave the house in the day time.

Arg battled his own eating disorder in the past (ITV)

"You were just staying in. I kept asking you for a walk or a coffee but you didn’t want to join me, you kept putting it off and making excuses," she recalled.

"I wanted to talk to you and you didn’t want to talk. I wouldn’t have said my son has an eating disorder. I never thought that was the root of all your problems."

*You can talk in confidence to an adviser from eating disorders charity Beat by calling their adult helpline on 0808 801 0677 or youth helpline on 0808 801 0711.


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