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New weight-loss method locks the jaw

Doesn’t look completely convenient

New weight-loss method locks the jaw
Credit: British Dental Journal

Losing weight usually requires just eating right and hitting the gym a few times a week. But if that doesn’t suit your lifestyle, there’s now an exciting new weight loss method developed by a group of researchers from the University of Otago and the UK.

The method uses a small device called DentalSlim, and it’s more or less a chastity belt for your mouth. This device prevents you from opening your mouth more than 2mm by locking your jaw via custom-made locking bolts held together with magnets. After two or three weeks of keeping your mouth closed, the device’s magnetic hinges release, meaning you can move on to a more generous diet. The idea of DentalSlim is to avoid costly weight loss surgery and instead limit food intake for a certain period of time.

According to the researchers, the user will still be able to easily consume liquids, and the device should not limit breathing or speech.

Get to learn more about this device here – otago.ac.nz

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