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Hypnosis and Weight Loss : Alternative Treatment for Obesity

  title={Hypnosis and Weight Loss : Alternative Treatment for Obesity},
  author={Kathy Doner},
Obesity is a chronic health problem with multiple etiologies and serious complications associated with it. It is estimated that one third of the adult population in the United States can be classified as obese. Treatment of this major health concern has baffled physicians and patients alike with a failure rate of up to 95%. Many diets and treatment options are available from prescription medication to the new low carb diets. However, over the years, psychology has offered some of the most… 



Obesity and hypnosis: a review of the literature.

It is concluded that although there is evidence that hypnosis may have a role in the treatment of obesity, well-designed research studies are needed to establish the extent of its usefulness and the most effective methods of using hypnosis in the Treatment of the different types of obesity.

The (limited) possibilities of hypnotherapy in the treatment of obesity.

A brief overview of specific hypnotherapeutic techniques--such as teaching relaxation, increasing self-control, encouraging physical exercise, altering self-esteem and body image, strengthening motivation, and exploring ambivalence for change--that can be involved in a multidimensional approach to obesity are provided.

Hypnotherapy in weight loss treatment.

The primary hypothesis that hypnosis is an effective treatment for weight loss was confirmed, but the seven concomitant variables and the use of audiotapes were not significant contributors to weight loss.

Hypnotherapy as an adjunct to the dietetic management of obese patients

It is concluded that, while combined dietetic and hypnotherapy management are of short‐term value, this may only be sustainable by a strategy of long‐term maintenance.

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  • T. WaddenJ. Flaxman
  • Psychology
    The International journal of clinical and experimental hypnosis
  • 1981
The findings suggest that the efficacy of hypnosis as a weight-reduction strategy is attributable to factors shared in common with a minimum treatment condition, including positive expectancy, weekly participation in a reduction program, relaxation training, and limited dietary counseling.

Self-Hypnosis and Problem Solving in the Treatment of Obesity

This paper presents a self-hypnosis treatment approach to obesity based on cognitive problem solving techniques. The approach focuses on the positive motivation of the individual. In effect, he or

Hypnotherapy and therapeutic education in the treatment of obesity: Differential treatment factors

The long case study which constitutes Part I is presented without cuts because it is a classic and the defense “works” and becomes deeply entrenched because of an incredible number of secondary gains.

Controlled trial of hypnotherapy for weight loss in patients with obstructive sleep apnoea

The benefits of hypnotherapy as an adjunct to dietary advice in producing weight loss were small and clinically insignificant, and perhaps the results of the trial are sufficiently encouraging to pursue this approach further.

Effectiveness of hypnosis as an adjunct to behavioral weight management.

This study examined the effect of adding hypnosis to a behavioral weight-management program on short- and long-term weight change and found that the hypnosis clients showed significant additional weight loss, while those in the behavioral treatment exhibited little further change.