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Do you want to lose weight? This invention keeps your mouth shut | Digital Trends Spanish


The world is fighting against the increase in obesity and overweight levels in recent times, which reaches worrying figures.

Health authorities have repeatedly warned about this problem, which could be associated with other health problems and aggravate coronavirus infections (obesity is one of the risk factors).

Technology can also lend a hand or, in this case, shut a mouth. A group of scientists has developed a particular tool that helps you lose weight.

University of Otago.

How does it work?

This invention, which has been called DentalSlim Diet Control, uses magnets to prevent people from opening their mouths far enough to eat solid foods.

Users can open it, but only 2 mm, which makes it impossible for them to be able to chew some products, although they do manage to breathe and pronounce certain words.

The tool has been developed by scientists at the University of Otago, in New Zealand. They explain that it takes a dentist to attach it to the patient’s upper and lower back teeth.

While the new device has generated controversy, managers think it could help fight the global obesity pandemic.

“The main barrier for people to successful weight loss is compliance and this helps them establish new habits, allowing them to stick to a low calorie diet for a period of time. It really sets the process in motion, ”explains Professor Paul Brunton, one of its authors.

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

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