JAMES Argent refuses to go outside in daylight over fears people will see him amid his 26st weight battle.
The 33-year-old – nicknamed Arg – is now so down he admits he comfort eats junk food and won't leave the house until it gets dark so that nobody can see him.
He told The Sun: “I am depressed about it. I don’t want anyone to see me.
"If I need to do anything, I wait until it’s 4.30pm and it’s dark outside.
“I see pictures of myself and it’s too upsetting.”
The former Towie star says he has become so fat he can no longer tie his shoelaces.
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 measure after being warned he could die.
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.”
He now faces a decision over whether to have a gastric bypass, which staples a small part of the stomach together, or a sleeve gastrectomy, where a large section of the stomach is removed. Both ops will leave him unable to eat very much.
Explaining how he managed to finally overcome the drink and drugs after several failed attempts, Arg said: “It had come to a point where my life was on the line and I knew I could possibly die.
“I’m lucky I’ve got the right support around me. Some people get clean straight away, others take years of relapsing and recovery and others don’t make it and die.
“This is my time. I don’t want to die.
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