Over the years, scientists have developed more and more weight loss technology that helps fight against the global obesity epidemic.
紐西蘭的奧塔哥大學 (University of Otago)近期也推出一項瘦身神器名為「牙醫瘦身飲食控制」(DentalSlim Diet Control)，而此器具需要裝在配戴者的上排牙齒和下排牙齒上。
DentalSlim Diet Control is a weight loss dental device, developed by the University of Otago in New Zealand, that is attached to the user’s upper and lower back teeth.
The device is fitted with magnets, designed to restrict the user from opening their mouth for more than 2 millimeters.
The developers claim that DentalSlim Diet Control will allow the user to breathe and speak normally while restricting them to a liquid diet.
According to the University of Otago’s website, participants using this device in a trial lost an average of 6.36 kilograms in two weeks and were motivated to continue to lose weight.
新聞稿發布當日，奧塔哥大學健康科學副校長Paul Brunton (保羅．布朗頓)教授解釋道，「對於想減肥的人而言最難跨越的是持之以恆的決心，這個新發明可以幫助他們建立新的習慣，讓他們在一段時間內遵循低卡路里的飲食。」
In a press release, University of Otago Health Sciences Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Brunton explained: “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.”
He admitted the device requires a lot of commitment to use, but he claimed that it could really help a lot of people that are struggling to lose weight and even provide an alternative to surgical procedures.
The University of Otago’s website states that this solution is a more modern take on practice from the 1980s, that wired the jaw together, which caused gum disease, potential psychiatric conditions, and potential choking after vomiting.
The DentalSlim Diet Control overcame these issues by allowing the user to unlock the magnets during emergencies and take the device off when needed.
Nevertheless, after its release, the device received a lot of criticism online, with many calling deeming it a “creepy” and “bizarre” torture device.
Others pointed out that the device would be ineffective, as there is an emergency release catch that could easily take it off.
Foreign media reports also joked that many social media users were poking fun at the device claiming that after spending millions to develop such an “advanced” weight loss technique, it could be defeated by “a cheesecake and a blender.”