New diet braces lock the jaw

Two millimeters: This is how big – or small – is the gap that wearers of the “DentalSlim-Diet-Control” remain to eat. That means: only liquid food is possible. Have designed the device to be loud Press release the world’s first of its kind, researchers from the University of Otago in New Zealand. They want to help fight the “global obesity epidemic”.

The DentalSlim-Diet-Control is a so-called intra-oral device: a doctor’s mini braces that are attached to the upper and lower molars by the dentist. It uses magnetic devices with a specially made locking bolt that prevent the mouth from opening more than two millimeters. In an emergency, however, it can be removed by the carrier using the tool provided, the university said. In the study but none of the participants did that to the device.

“One of the most horrific things I’ve ever seen”

But the well-intentioned development, which brought the subjects in the study an average weight loss of 6.36 kilograms, does not go down well with everyone: On Twitter, where the university shared the news about the new device, is repeatedly from the “torture device” Speech. Others address their word directly to the researchers: “You are scary, get help and please develop a sense of shame.” Userin Sweet Potato comments: “This is one of the most horrific things I’ve ever seen.”

In fact, the Abnehm-Appart is reminiscent of a long-outdated practice: In the 1970s and 1980s there was a time when doctors wired their patients’ jaws for up to a year to help them lose weight. But the procedure involved risks: vomiting brought with it the risk of suffocation and after nine to twelve months the patients developed gum disease. In some cases there were persistent problems with restriction of jaw movement and some developed acute psychiatric conditions.

Clarification and explanation

But DentalSlim-Diet-Control should have nothing in common with this, the university hastened to clarify in view of the huge wave of indignation: “The device is not intended as a quick or long-term tool for weight loss.” Rather, it is intended to help people who have to undergo an operation but cannot do it because they are weighing too much. Or for people with type 2 diabetes, for whom losing weight can help.

“After two or three weeks, you can take off the magnets and have the device removed. You could then go through a less restricted diet and then go back to treatment. This would enable a step-by-step approach to weight loss, aided by the advice of a nutritionist, ”the updated statement said.

Correction of the university

“The main obstacle for people to successful weight loss is the perseverance that it takes to establish new habits so that they can follow a low-calorie diet for a certain period of time,” said the main professor in charge, Paul Brunton. “It really gets the process going.” In addition, it is a non-invasive, reversible, economical and attractive alternative to surgical interventions.

The last point still resonates with a Twitterer. At first, he thought the device was terrible, comments user Wolfgang Müller. In the second it was different: “If you can avoid gastric surgery with it, is it perhaps worth it?”

(The essential / Fee Anabelle Riebeling)

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