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Weight loss device works by preventing wearers from opening their mouths to chew

DentalSlim Diet Control is a controversial weight loss device designed to allow wearers to open their mouths only about 2mm, preventing them from chewing while breathing and speaking.

Developed by scientists at the University of Otago, in New Zealand, the DentalSlim Diet Control is an intraoral device that can be attached to the wearer’s upper and lower back by a dentist. It features unique custom locking bolts powered by magnets which, when activated, only allow a mouth opening of approximately 2mm, limiting the wearer to a liquid diet while allowing them to breathe and breathe normally. to speak. Apparently, the developers of the DentalSlim Diet Control believe it can play a role in the fight against the global obesity epidemic.

“The main barrier for people to lose weight successfully is adherence and this helps them to develop new habits that allow them to follow a low-calorie diet for a period of time. It really kicks off the process,” Professor Paul Brunton, pro-vice chancellor of the University of Otago Health Sciences, said in a press release. “It’s a non-invasive, reversible, economical and attractive alternative to surgical procedures. The fact is that there are no ill effects with this device.”

As you can probably imagine, the DentalSlim Diet Control device received a lot of criticism online as soon as it was revealed to the general public. Many have described it as a barbaric instrument of torture, and it must be admitted that it does not seem the best solution to humanity’s very serious weight problem. However, the scientist who developed it clarified that the DentalSlim is not a long-term weight loss solution that everyone can try.

The scientists who invented this device said it was designed with emergencies in mind. For example, patients who need life-saving surgery but are too heavy to go under the knife can have DentalSlim Diet Control fitted and restricted to a liquid diet until they reach a safer weight. Then they can have the magnetic lock deactivated and go on a less restrictive diet to lose weight.
Gastric bypass and other bariatric surgeries involve permanent changes in the patient’s digestive system, and while they certainly play a role in controlling the obesity epidemic, they can have unforeseen consequences and be quite expensive for many people.

“The great thing is that once patients are fitted with the device, they can disconnect the magnets after two or three weeks. They could then have a period of less restricted diet and then return to treatment,” said Professor Paul Brunton. “This would allow for a phased approach to weight loss, supported by dietitian advice, and help achieve weight loss goals. to achieve in the long term. ”

Believe it or not, the habit of locking the jaws to prevent chewing is not new. Jaw wiring was practiced in the 1980s, but it caused vomiting, which was associated with a risk of choking, and after 9-12 months, the patients developed gum disease. In extreme cases, patients developed severe psychiatric disorders.

The DentalSlim Diet Control is a more modern device and patients are given a special tool that will unlock the magnets in an emergency, but for some it is just as barbaric as the old custom of wiring one’s jaws to prevent them from chewing.

“In general, people felt better about themselves, they were more confident and committed to their weight loss journey,” said Professor Brunton. “These are hard yards. Patients who really want this need to commit. But for those people who are really struggling — and let’s face it, that’s millions of people around the world — here’s one way to get them back into normal eating habits by really getting the process started. This could help a lot of people.”

The researcher’s claims are supported by the results of a pilot study in which participants lost an average of 6.36 kg in two weeks and were motivated to continue losing weight.

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