'Torture' device that locks jaw shut to tackle obesity sparks outrage

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Its intricate system of magnets and custom-made bolts allows wearers to open their mouths only about 1/16 of an inch, which relegates them to a liquid diet without restricting their talking or brea…
Call it the shut your "trap."

International researchers have come under fire over a controversial new dental device that purports to muzzle obesity by literally sealing people's mouths shut. The inflammatory fat-fighting contraption, dubbed the DentalSlim Diet Control, was detailed in a Friday study in the journal Nature.

Billed as the "world-first weight-loss device to help fight the global obesity epidemic," the DentalSlim Diet Control its fitted by a dentist to the patient's upper and lower back teeth. Its intricate system of magnets and custom-made bolts allows wearers to open their mouths only about 1/16 of an inch, which relegates them to a liquid diet without restricting their talking or breathing.

"It is a non-invasive, reversible, economical and attractive alternative to surgical procedures," Professor Paul Brunton, pro-vice-chancellor at the New Zealand University of Otago's Division of Health Sciences, said in a press release from the university, which developed the unconventional snack safe in conjunction with British scientists.

University of Otago researchers developed the DentalSlim Diet…
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