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James Argent continues to show off his dramatic weight loss in Sellebrity Soccer match


James Argent continued to show off his dramatic weight loss as he played in a Sellebrity Soccer match on Sunday at Crewe Alexandra FC, Mornflake Stadium.

The former TOWIE star has been both open and honest regarding his years-long battle with binge eating, having once tipped the scales at 27 stone before having a gastric sleeve fitted last year. 

The 34-year-old, who has lost an astonishing 14 stone, exhibited his slim frame in a white football shirt and matching shorts, with a pair of white football socks and bright yellow trainers.

Slimmed down: James Argent continued to show off his dramatic weight loss as he played in a Sellebrity Soccer match on Sunday at Crewe Alexandra FC, Mornflake Stadium.

Slimmed down: James Argent continued to show off his dramatic weight loss as he played in a Sellebrity Soccer match on Sunday at Crewe Alexandra FC, Mornflake Stadium.

Before the match, he slipped into an eye-catching red tracksuit emblazoned with the Italian flag and the word: ‘Italia’ on the front.

He was joined by a host of other celebrities for the charity football match, including Kieran Hayler, Jay Kontzle and Ashley Taylor Dawson.

Kieran posed with his eight-year-old son Jett, as he excitedly looked forward to the match.

Sporty: The 34-year-old, who has lost an astonishing 14 stone, exhibited his slim frame in a white football shirt and matching shorts, with a pair of white football socks and bright yellow trainers

Sporty: The 34-year-old, who has lost an astonishing 14 stone, exhibited his slim frame in a white football shirt and matching shorts, with a pair of white football socks and bright yellow trainers

Candid: The former TOWIE star has been both open and honest regarding his years-long battle with binge eating, having once tipped the scales at 27 stone before having a gastric sleeve fitted last year

Candid: The former TOWIE star has been both open and honest regarding his years-long battle with binge eating, having once tipped the scales at 27 stone before having a gastric sleeve fitted last year

He later showed off his skills as he deftly kicked the ball around the pitch, clad in a blue football kit.

Emmerdale actor Jay beamed openly for the camera ahead of the big game, in a burgundy zip-up hoodie.

Meanwhile, Hollyoaks star Ashley looked handsome, in a beige shirt layered over a white T-shirt.

Bold: Before the match, he slipped into an eye-catching red tracksuit emblazoned with the Italian flag and the word: 'Italia' on the front

Bold: Before the match, he slipped into an eye-catching red tracksuit emblazoned with the Italian flag and the word: ‘Italia’ on the front

Star-studded: He was joined by a host of other celebrities for the charity football match, including Kieran Hayler

Star-studded: He was joined by a host of other celebrities for the charity football match, including Kieran Hayler

Father and son: Kieran posed with his eight-year-old son Jett, as he excitedly looked forward to the match

Father and son: Kieran posed with his eight-year-old son Jett, as he excitedly looked forward to the match

Sellebrity Soccer was launched by Darren Eadie and Kevin Cooper in 2012 to raise money for charity by organising celebrity football matches.

They arrange games all across the UK, from smaller grounds to Premier League stadiums.

Sellebrity has managed to raise £2,124,189 thus far for numerous charities.

Talented: He later showed off his skills as he deftly kicked the ball around the pitch, clad in a blue football kit

Talented: He later showed off his skills as he deftly kicked the ball around the pitch, clad in a blue football kit

Martyn Ford and Dean Gaffney stretched on the field as they warmed up before the game.

Marty showed off his burly muscles in a tight-fitted blue shirt and shorts as he laughed with Dan Osborne, who matched with him. 

The football match comes after James revealed he was shocked when he was placed in an eating disorder unit during his first trip to rehab in 2014 after going to treat drug addiction.

Speaking to MailOnline, the TV personality, who is now happily sober, revealed that staff at a rehab centre were the first one to identify his issues with food, and tried to teach him coping strategies such as mindful eating.   

Preparing: Martyn Ford and Dean Gaffney stretched on the field as they warmed up before the game

Preparing: Martyn Ford and Dean Gaffney stretched on the field as they warmed up before the game

Soap stars: Emmerdale actor Jay Kontzle beamed openly for the camera ahead of the big game, in a burgundy zip-up hoodie.

Looking good: Meanwhile, Hollyoaks star Ashley Taylor Dawson looked handsome, in a beige shirt layered over a white T-shirt

Soap stars: Emmerdale actor Jay Kontzle beamed openly for the camera ahead of the big game, in a burgundy zip-up hoodie, while Hollyoaks star Ashley Taylor Dawson looked handsome, in a beige shirt layered over a white T-shirt

‘When I actually went to rehab for the first time, I went there initially for my problems with drink and drugs or whatever, and after a few days I got put in the eating disorder unit,’ James explained of his unexpected diagnosis.

James said he has continued with the techniques he was taught, revealing: ‘They tried to teach me to do mindful eating instead of shoving it down, put your phone away, relax, chew your food plenty of times, let the meal last 20 minutes, don’t rush your food so that’s what I’m trying to do now.

But he added that his binge eating struggles felt like a lot to deal with alongside his issues with alcohol and drugs. ‘You start to go a bit mad, cos you’re like, “Oh how many problems have I got, how many issues can one man possibly have,”‘ he said.

Stretching: Marty showed off his burly muscles in a tight-fitted blue shirt and shorts as he laughed with Dan Osborne, who matched with him

Stretching: Marty showed off his burly muscles in a tight-fitted blue shirt and shorts as he laughed with Dan Osborne, who matched with him

Charity: Sellebrity Soccer was launched by Darren Eadie and Kevin Cooper in 2012 to raise money for charity by organising celebrity football matches

Charity: Sellebrity Soccer was launched by Darren Eadie and Kevin Cooper in 2012 to raise money for charity by organising celebrity football matches

Good cause: They arrange games all across the UK, from smaller grounds to Premier League stadiums

Good cause: They arrange games all across the UK, from smaller grounds to Premier League stadiums

‘With a lot of addicts, you’re not specifically addicted, like for example for alcoholics if alcohol is taken away, they can get addicted to something else whether it be food, love, gambling, so it’s not necessarily the specific drug or alcohol, sex or gambling, it can be addiction as a whole.’

‘For me, when I took away the drink and the drugs that led me back to food, it can be a vicious cycle.’ 

James also revealed to MailOnline that he still has to be mindful when it comes to his diet, despite having his gastric band fitted. 

Whopping figure: Sellebrity has managed to raise £2,124,189 thus far for numerous charities

Whopping figure: Sellebrity has managed to raise £2,124,189 thus far for numerous charities

‘I do actually still get hungry, people think do you still get hungry anymore but I do,’ he pointed out. ‘I just have to be careful that I don’t shove it in too quickly or take too big mouthfuls, I need to eat, they say it’s 20/20/20, so you have on your fork you have food the size of a 20 pence piece, 20 chews and then you wait 20 seconds until you go again.’

‘And I’ll be honest with you, I can’t do a great deal in one hit but I try and eat little and often so I embarrass my friends. Basically anyone I go out for dinner with, I embarrass because I go for dinner, order what I fancy or want.’  

‘But I can’t just go to nice restaurants and order a nice meal and then only have a few bites and that’s it, I always get doggy bags, every single time what I don’t manage to get through I take it home with me.’ 

Before and after: Arg was told he was putting his health at risk with his weight - tipping the scales at 27 stone, before having gastric sleeve surgery last year (pictured before left)

Before and after: Arg was told he was putting his health at risk with his weight – tipping the scales at 27 stone, before having gastric sleeve surgery last year (pictured before left)

James has said that his drink and drug abuse has in the past had ‘terrible effects’ on his loved ones – even leading some to seek therapy to cope. 

He explained how his mother and best friends would worry that he would die due to his addiction – at a time when they had distanced themselves in order to not enable him. 

James said his family are happy he is ‘doing well’ in his sobriety, as he spoke encouragingly about how he has managed to stay clean and his focused on recovery, using tactics to combat his cravings when they arise.

Scary: James told in an exclusive interview with MailOnline recently how his mother Patricia (pictured together) and best friends would worry that he would die due to his addiction

Scary: James told in an exclusive interview with MailOnline recently how his mother Patricia (pictured together) and best friends would worry that he would die due to his addiction

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