James ‘Arg’ Argent shares fears as weight hits 24 stone
The reality TV star hopes to lose more than eight stone.
Reality TV star James Argent fears he “could become ill or die” after revealing he weighs 24 stone and is the biggest he has ever been.
The Only Way Is Essex star, known as Arg, said he needs to lose at least eight stone and hopes his swim across the English Channel will kick-start a new healthier regime.
He told the Sun: “I’ve had check-ups. My heart’s OK, I have no signs of diabetes and my cholesterol is not too high.
“But I was weighed and I was the biggest I’d ever been – around 24 stone. I could become ill or die. The swim is an opportunity to sort my life out.
Argent will attempt to swim from England to France for Channel 4 programme Sink Or Swim, which is raising money for Stand Up To Cancer.
He said: “One of my favourite films is Sexy Beast with Ray Winstone. My dream is to swim the Channel in a pair of Sexy Beast Speedos.
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In just over 3 weeks we will be swimming across the English Chanel & heading all the way to France in aid of @su2cuk @su2c 🏊♂️ Some of us could not even swim a few meters when we first started but due to hard work & dedication we have gone from the swimming pool to the lake & now to sea swimming! We have lost people along the way but we are still a team through to the bitter end of this mammoth challenge! I’m losing weight & training twice a day to hopefully pass the assessment in order to take part! I’m giving it 110% ❤️ @channel4 #SinkOrSwim
He added: “I need to lose about eight stone or more. I’ve got a long way to go even after I swim the Channel. But it’s just a perfect way to kick-start my healthy weight loss.
“I get a bit of stick on social media for my size. You try to be thick-skinned but it does affect you.”