Controversial 'Weight Loss Device' Locks Jaw Shut, Sparking Outrage


Yes, losing weight is HARD! How far are some willing to go to get the lbs off? In New Zealand, a new 'weight loss device' is getting massive backlash after the dental device is compared to 'medieval torture' online. Its a magnetic device attached between two teeth, that stops people from opening their mouth wider than two millimeters. Researchers say, those who used it, were happy with the results, the internet response was quite the opposite ;/  

From Newsweek: On Monday, the University of Otagoin Dunedin, New Zealand issued a press release about the device. According to the release, the researchers worked with a U.K. team to develop the new weight-loss tool. As they reported, the "DentalSlim Diet Control," is "an intra-oral device fitted by a dental professional to the upper and lower back teeth" that "uses magnetic devices with unique custom-manufactured locking bolts." They added that "it allows the wearer to open their mouths only about 2mm, restricting them to a liquid diet, but it allows free speech and doesn't restrict breathing". The researchers said that in their trial of the DentalSlim Diet Control, the results of which were published in The British Dental Journal, participants "lost an average of 14.02 lbs in two weeks and were motivated to continue with their weight loss journey." The University of Otago, however, appears to have responded to the internet controversy in a series of follow-up tweets, clarifying that "the device is not intended as a quick or long-term weight-loss tool; rather it is aimed to assist people who need to undergo surgery and who cannot have the surgery until they have lost weight." They added: "After two or three weeks they can have the magnets disengaged and the device removed. They could then have a period with a less restricted diet and then go back into treatment. This would allow for a phased approach to weight loss supported by advice from a dietician."

Would YOU try this, to lose weight?


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