The University of Otago introduces a slimming device and touts it as groundbreaking. But Twitter users are beside themselves.
What should be a sensational discovery triggers a real shit storm on the internet. Researchers from Otago and the UK have developed a weight loss device and are posting it on Twitter. The “world first” is intended to help “fight the global obesity epidemic”. The metallic device is attached to a molar at the top and bottom. The jaw is then “locked” by magnets. The mouth can only be opened two millimeters – so eating solid foods is impossible. The wearer of this device is therefore forced to feed on liquids. The magnetic lock of the jaw is hotly debated on the internet and is considered by many to be “medieval torture method” designated.
University of Otago advertises magnetic lock jaw as a “world first”
The “DentalSlim Diet Control” – this is how the device was named – is said to have a number of advantages. Unlike gastric banding or gastric reduction, the lock jaw is not associated with an operation and is not forever. Participants in one study lost an average of 6.36 kg in two weeks, it says. During this time, the test subjects only consumed liquid food.
The device does not restrict speaking or breathing. However, numerous Twitter users criticize the fact that locking the jaw could be dangerous. Should the wearer suddenly vomit, he could choke on his own vomit. According to Professor Paul Brunton, however, the “DentalSlim Diet Control” can be removed by the wearer in such emergencies.
Otago and UK researchers have developed a world-first weight-loss device to help fight the global obesity epidemic: an intra-oral device that restricts a person to a liquid diet. Read more: https://t.co/eLhXwipiqs pic.twitter.com/Of6v3uvVbX
– University of Otago (@otago) June 28, 2021
Twitter users tear the lock jaw on the net
But that’s not the only thing that Twitter users criticize. “The fact that Professor Paul Brunton lists ’embarrassment’ as the first symptom of obesity is proof enough for me that not only does he miserably misunderstand his subject, but that he does too first and foremost about aesthetics, not health“, Complains one user. In addition, the success of the purchase is only short-term. Because once the device is removed, patients are likely to revert to old patterns.
In the 1980s there were already similar methods of blocking the jaw with wires. The study states: “Vomiting brought the risk of suffocation and after 9 to 12 months the patients developed Gum disease. In some cases there were persistent problems with the Restriction of jaw movement and some developed acute psychiatric conditions. “
Therefore, the device should only be worn for two to three weeks at a time. After a break, patients can then have the “DentalSlim Diet Control” reinserted in order to continue with the treatment. “It’s hard work. Patients who really want this have to be committed, ”admits Professor Paul Brunton.