Why device to fight obesity causes outrage

Through APEI news agency
Published on 3 Jul 21 at 10:16

1.9 billion adults worldwide are overweight and 650 million obese, according to the University of Otago in New Zealand. (© mariesacha-stock.adobe.com)

For losing weight, keep your mouth shut… This way, you won’t be able to eat! This is the idea of ​​a locking device developed by New Zealand researchers that attaches to molars by a dentist and is believed to limit jaw opening by means of magnets.

Once installed, « DentalSlim Diet Control », so named, prevents the mouth from opening almost completely: two millimeters only. The health researcher at the University of Otago praised the merits of this device in the fight against obesity in a press release. the university magazine.

The device ensures that the patient can only consume liquid food, but their ability to breathe or speak is not affected. It is a non-invasive, reversible, economical and attractive alternative to surgical procedures. The point is that this device does not have any harmful consequences.

Paul BruntonHealth researcher at the University of Otago

“An instrument of torture” deemed aberrant

Not still marketed, this invention, which recalls the violent jaw ligation procedure still practiced in the 2000s and which could cause sometimes serious biological and digestive disorders (anorexia, stomach cramps), is widely criticized and assimilated to a instrument of torture by a good number of Internet users.

On Twitter, they denounce his character “Repulsive and dehumanizing” and even compared it to medieval torture instruments. “Great, I would like to share with you my idea for a device to help short people get taller,” some even mock.

“I developed the first device in the world that allows you to stop tweeting stuff like that again”, is also ironically mocked a person under the publication of the University of Otago.

Austrian political scientist Natascha Strobl expressed concern: “What if someone feels the need to throw up? If the nobody is choking, has a heart attack or needs to be intubated quickly? It sounds highly unethical ».

Safety to free the mouth in an emergency

The researchers insisted that this invention is endowed with security which frees the mouth in an emergency, in case of vomiting or panic attack.

Faced with criticism, the researchers recalled on Twitter that the tool was not designed as ” a weight loss tool rapid or long-term “, but that it aims more to” help people who have to undergo surgery and who are not in good condition until they have lost weight ».

2.8 million deaths per year linked to obesity and overweight

Recent studies have revealed that 1.9 billion adults in the world are overweight and 650 millions are obese. Being overweight or obese leads to about 2.8 million deaths per year, reports the University of Otago journal. Without forgetting the psychological consequences: stigma, discrimination, depression, low self-esteem …

After a Dunedin-based trial to test the device, participants lost on average 6.36 kg in two weeks and were motivated to continue their weight loss journey. None had to use security to remove the device but they found it overall a little uncomfortable, before finally judging him “Tolerable”.

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