1982 - Volume #6, Issue #1, Page #31[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
New Diet Fork Gives Green Light
Inventor and manufacturer of Slenderfork is Joe Caruso who was looking for a way to lose weight. His answer: A fork with a battery operated "traffic light" that signals when to eat and when to stop.
"It's not a novelty or a gimmick," Caruso maintains. "It works on the principle of behavior modification. If you slow down your eating, you won't eat as much. It takes 20 minutes for the stomach to signal the brain that it is full, and fast eaters will over-eat before their stomach says stop."
The ordinary looking fork has a red light and green light at the top of the handle, and an on-off switch. When turned on, the timing mechanism starts to work. While the green light is on (for about 6 seconds) you eat. Then, while the red light goes on (for about 25 seconds) you chew your food until the green light signals you to eat again.
Skeptics question the fork's value as a weight reducer, noting that fast eaters aren't necessarily fatter.
The fork pulls out of the handle for washing and is dishwasher safe. It's powered by two hearing aid batteries and sells for $14.95.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Hammacher Schlemmer, 147 E. 57th St., New York, N.Y, 10022 (ph 212 421-9000).
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