A new weight loss device that uses magnets to prevent people’s jaws from opening wide enough to eat solid foods. was developed to help combat “Global obesity epidemic”
The tool was developed by researchers from the UK and the University of Otago in New Zealand. Use a magnetic device with a specially made locking latch. which can be installed on the upper and lower teeth
“Otago and UK researchers have developed the world’s first weight loss device to help fight the global obesity epidemic: an oral device that restricts people to liquid diets,” the university tweeted on Sunday.
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Dubbed the DentalSlim Diet Control, the device allows the wearer to open its mouth only 1/5 of a centimeter (2 mm) while still allowing the user to breathe normally. Initially, a two-week trial was conducted on seven healthy obese women from Dunedin, New Zealand. According to an article published Friday in the British Dental Journal.
of the seven women who participated in the study. They lost an average of 14 pounds (6.36 kg), or about 5.1% of their body weight. The participants said they were satisfied with the results and motivated to lose more weight.
They also complained of occasional discomfort and noted that “Life in general is not very satisfying,” one participant admitted to “cheating” by consuming melted chocolate and carbonated beverages.
“Participants had difficulty pronouncing certain words and felt tense and embarrassed. ‘Only sometimes,'” the article added.
Paul Branton, lead researcher at the University of Otago The device is called “An effective, safe, and affordable tool for people fighting obesity,” according to the university.
“The main obstacle to successful weight loss is compliance. And this helps them form new habits. This allows them to follow a low-calorie diet for a period of time. It really kicks off the process,” says Brunton. “It’s a non-invasive, reversible, economical, and attractive alternative to surgical procedures.”
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But this tool has been criticized online by some for comparing it to a
One user wrote: “I really hope to be the first and last in the world. This is a torture device and you should be embarrassed to promote it. let alone associate with it.”
“You don’t need this torture device to eat liquid food,” replied another.
in response to backlash The university on Monday tweeted: “To clarify, the intent of this device is not to be a quick or long-term weight loss tool. but aims to help those who need surgery and that cannot be operated until the weight is reduced.”
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“After two or three weeks they can unmagnetize and [the] remove the device They can then have periods of less diet and return to treatment,” the university added. “This will help provide an intermittent approach to weight loss, supported by the advice of a nutritionist.”