Recent studies have suggested, 1.9 billion persons worldwide are considered overweight while 650 million are in the obese category. The condition of obesity leads to 2.8 million deaths per year, making it a global health issue. By 2030, it is anticipated that 57 percent of the adult population on the planet will be overweight or obese. Furthermore, psychological symptoms such as sadness, melancholy, and loss of self-esteem may develop within obese people. They may also suffer from eating disorders, stigmatization, and discrimination.
To combat the global obesity crisis, researchers have invented a world-first weight-loss device. The device could be a massive contribution to the Weight Loss Market as it would help persons fighting obesity in an effective, safe and affordable manner.
DentalSlim Diet Control (the tool) is an intra-oral device. It is fitted to the upper and lower back teeth by a dental practitioner. The tool makes use of custom-made locking bolts and magnetic devices. It only allows the wearer to open their jaws about 2mm, limiting them to a liquid diet, but it does not hinder speech or respiration.
The device is fitted by a dentist, can be released by the user in an emergency, and can be fitted and withdrawn frequently.
The team undertook a Dunedin-based study. The evidence shows, participants lost an average of 6.36kg (14 pounds) in two weeks and were encouraged to keep losing weight.
People's major hurdle to successful weight loss is compliance. The present tool allows them to create new habits and stick to a low-calorie diet for a time. It's a fantastic way to get started on losing weight.
It's a non-invasive, reversible, cost-effective, and appealing alternative to surgery. The tool could be especially useful for people who require weight loss before surgery. Also, patients who have diabetes can use it as well. This is because weight loss for them denotes remission.
Patients are given a tool to open the device in an emergency, but none of the study participants used it. Even though they all found the device tolerable, the design has since been improved. Researchers have made the device smaller to improve functional comfort and aesthetics.
People's self-esteem grew; they had more confidence and were more committed to their weight loss goals in general.
The beauty of it is that the magnets can be deactivated two or three weeks after patients have been equipped with the device. After a less restricted diet period, they could return to treatment. This would allow for a graduated approach to weight loss, with dietician guidance, and the achievement of long-term weight loss goals.