Mark Wright shared his realisation at how hard it is for his best friend James Argent to lose weight after tipping the scales at 27 stone.

Arg was warned by doctors he could die of Covid because of his weight.

His best pal and former TOWIE co-star Mark has been supporting him throughout his ongoing struggle with his eating disorder in the spotlight.

But the footballer was confident nothing will ever be as hard as the time where Arg suffered two near-fatal overdoses amid the height of a cocaine addiction.

He told The Sun : "It's not been easy but, you know, it's just what you've got to do for mates and family - you've got to be there for them. Just got to do it as a friend.

Mark Wright admits it's a hard battle making James Argent lose weight at 27 stone
Mark Wright admits it's a hard battle making James Argent lose weight at 27 stone

"No matter how hard it can get at times, making him lose weight and helping him lose weight is nothing as hard as what it was and everything that he went through last year, you know?

"That was tough, and it's been tough now, but he's getting there. Now he's made a decision on what he's going to do to change it and hopefully it works out for him."

Arg plans to have life-saving gastric surgery.

James Arg Argent
Arg was warned by doctors he could die of Covid because of his weight

During a recent Good Morning Britain appearance, he dropped the bombshell doctors issued a stark warning about Covid-19.

Doctors told Arg if he got coronavirus he could die.

"I have been through an awful lot, some people go though life plain sailing and other people find life a little bit difficult," he said. "I do believe that there's a light at the end of the tunnel."

Susanna questioned: "What have the doctors said about your weight?"

James Argent
Arg plans to have life-saving gastric surgery

"I'm currently at 27 stone, I've been speaking regularly at the doctors and nurses and they've been giving me advice," Arg said. "They're saying the size I am, it could be fatal. If I get Covid, I could be a goner."

He continued: "I've been struggling with my weight since I was a teenager... the last 16 years I've found it almost impossible to have a medium.

"It's a really serious operation - I haven't exactly decided which one it is going to be - a sleeve or a bypass," Arg added.