There are many health and psychological benefits to independently dining with Obi. Multiple studies indicate that independent dining improves quality of life, independence and freedom.[1] Additionally, individuals who depend upon others for feeding may be at a higher risk of developing medical complications, such as Aspiration Pneumonia[2] and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease.[3]  

[1] Mandy, A., Sims, T., Stew, G., & Onions, D. (2018). Brief Report—Manual feeding device experiences of people with a neurodisability. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 72, 1–5.

[2] Susan E. Langmore, PhD, Margaret S. Terpenning, MD, Anthony Schork, PhD, Yinmiao Chen, MS, Joseph T. Murray, MA, Dennis Lopatin, PhD, and Walter J. Loesche, DMD, PhD. (1998). Predictors of Aspiration Pneumonia: How Important is Dysphagia?. Dysphagia 13:69-81.

[3] Wildi SM, Tutuian R, Castell DO. (2004). The influence of rapid food intake on postprandial reflux: studies in healthy volunteers. Am J Gastroenterol. 2004 Sep;99(9): 1645-51.

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