Major Backlash To ‘Weight-Loss Device’ That Shuts A Person’s Jaw, Preventing Them From Eating Solid Food

Scientists develop weight loss device that magnetically wires jaw shut so obese people can only eat liquid foods.

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Scientists have engineered a new weight-loss device. However, the contraption is more like a medieval torture device that slams a person’s jaw shut to prevent eating solid foods, and only allows the individual to consume liquids. Not that I’m against consuming liquids for meals, but this is rather strange.

Researchers from the U.K. and the University of Otago in New Zealand created the “DentalSlim Diet Control,” the “world-first weight-loss device to help fight the global obesity epidemic: an intra-oral device that restricts a person to a liquid diet.” This reads like an article from The Onion.

The contraption uses “magnetic devices with unique custom-manufactured locking bolts” to keep people’s pieholes shut. Can this also be used for babies on three-hour flights and people who brag about CrossFit incessantly?

The weight-loss device, which is installed by a dentist, only allows the wearer to open their mouths about 2mm, restricting them to a liquid diet. Pretty much a chastity belt for your face.

Um. How do you brush your teeth and floss? Also, that metal lock is going to rip someone’s teeth out when they violently sneeze.

“Participants in a Dunedin-based trial lost an average of 6.36kg in two weeks and were motivated to continue with their weight loss journey,” the university said in a press release.

Lead researcher and University of Otago Health Sciences Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Brunton said, “The main barrier for people for successful weight loss is compliance and this helps them establish new habits, allowing them to comply with a low-calorie diet for a period of time. It really kick-starts the process.”

“It is a non-invasive, reversible, economical and attractive alternative to surgical procedures,” he claimed. “The fact is, there are no adverse consequences with this device.”

No adverse consequences except for not being able to open your mouth.

Well, the internet didn’t see the alleged weight-loss device as a terrific idea, and lambasted the DentalSlim Diet Control mechanism in the Twitter reactions.

Some Twitter users presented some workarounds to the contraption that wires your mouth shut.

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