Good Morning Britain’s Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid welcomed James ‘Arg’ Argent onto the ITV show to discuss his plans to undergo life-changing bariatric surgery after reaching 27 stone in lockdown. Dr Hilary Jones warned the reality TV star the surgery can be very successful but “life won’t be the same” afterwards.
Piers asked Dr Hilary: “They’ll be a lot of people in Arg’s position, not quite that extreme, but a lot of people have put on a lot of weight in lockdown.”
“The irony is of course that obesity is a risk factor when it comes to catching coronavirus,” Susanna said.
“He’s also asthmatic so he’s at an added risk as well,” Piers interjected.
“A vast proportion of our population is overweight,” Dr Hilary said. “When you’re morbidly obese like Arg it’s a real issue because there are other health conditions associated with his level of obesity so heart disease, respiratory problems, diabetes – these are all major problems.”
“There’s no doubt that when bariatric surgery is performed as it should be in the right people with psychological preparation which is really an essential part of the operation and that follows it up as well,” the doctor continued.
“When it’s done well you can get astonishing results 50 to 60 percent of the expected weight loss and that can be sustained for many years and even reverse type 2 diabetes in some instances.
“It’s successful but it is drastic so it’s not for everybody. There are millions of people in this country who are eligible because of their weight but it wouldn’t suit everybody.
“People have to go into it with their eyes wide open knowing all about the consequences because life is not normal afterwards.”
“That’s why the psychological counselling that precedes the procedure and follows it is so vital.”
Earlier in the interview, James revealed why he felt weight loss surgery was the best option for him.
He said: “It’s been worrying and difficult putting on so much weight and obviously the fact that I’ve got so big it shows I haven’t been in the greatest of places.
“But I’m sitting here this morning I’m feeling super positive, the birds are signing in Essex and I’m outside.
“I’ve got life-changing surgery which is going to be taking place in the near future, it’s all booked up so I really feel like I’m making positive steps and I can’t wait to get back to my very best.”
James continued: “I have been through an awful lot and some people go through life quite plain-sailing and other people find life a bit more difficult.
“I’ve certainly gone through it but I do believe there’s a light at the end of the tunnel and I’m really excited to get my health [on track].
“Because first and foremost for me is health and that’s what I’m concentrating on fully at the moment.”
Good Morning Britain airs on ITV on weekdays at 6am.