James Argent candidly admits he has struggled with eating disorders since he was a teenager

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James Argent has candidly opened up on his struggle with his weight, admitting he has battled eating disorders since he was a teenager.

The 33 year old previously revealed he would be undergoing life changing gastric surgery after reaching 27 stone during lockdown.

Former The Only Way Is Essex star 'Arg' has now discussed his longterm battle with his size in an interview with Good Morning Britain.

Speaking to the hosts of the hit ITV breakfast show Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid, he emotionally commented on his upcoming surgery, which he insists is not a "drastic" measure to combat his recent weight gain.

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Speaking from his home in Woodford Green, he said: "I've been struggling with my weight since I was a teenager.

"Since I was young I always remember, you know, half of the year I could be in good shape, training three times a day, but then I'd be starving myself. The other half of the year I'd be doing no exercise at all and I'd be binge eating.

"So since I was a teenager, the last 15 or 16 years, I've always found it almost impossible to have a healthy balance and a happy medium.

"I'm not saying I can't lose the weight without [gastric] surgery, but I've never been able to maintain it before.

"I just believe that, you know, going for it this time, I've made a decision. I've spoken to all of my friends and family, everybody's had their opinions and nine times out of 10 people are saying to me, 'It's not funny anymore, go for it,' so that's why I've made the decision.

"It's not like I've all of a sudden put on weight during lockdown and I'm just doing something drastic to get it off.

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"This is something that… I've had this underlying issue of weight and eating disorders since I was a teenager."

The reality star went on to confess he had been inspired by boxer Tyson Fury and his own journey back to health.

Arg continued: "I'm really hoping this is going to work for me, it's going to be life changing, I'm inspired by Tyson Fury.

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"He's the 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.

"If he can turn it back and become a world champion and get his life in order then… I'm not saying I'm going to go on and become a world champion, but if I can have 10 per cent of the comeback he's had, that would be the dream for me."

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.

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