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Pilot investigation of a virtual gastric band hypnotherapy intervention

Greetham, Stephanie; Goodwin, Sarah; Wells, Liz; Whitham, Claire; Jones, Huw; Rigby, Alan; Sathyapalan, Thozhukat; Reid, Marie; Atkin, Stephen


Stephanie Greetham

Sarah Goodwin

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Mrs Liz Wells
Lecturer in Nutrition and Dietetics

Claire Whitham

Huw Jones

Alan Rigby

Thozhukat Sathyapalan

Professor Marie Reid
Professor/ Director of MSc Clinical Applications of Psychology/ Athena Swan lead for Psychology

Stephen Atkin


This was a pilot investigation of 30 men and women with a BMI > 27kg/m² over a 24 week period. It aimed to determine whether virtual gastric band (VGB) hypnotherapy has an effect on weight loss in overweight adults, compared to relaxation hypnotherapy and a self-directed diet. Levels of weight loss and gain ranged from -17kg to +4.7kg in the VGB hypnotherapy group and -9.3kg to +7.8kg in the relaxation group. There was no significant difference between VGB hypnotherapy as a main effect on weight loss (Chi²=0.67, p=0.41, df=1) and there was no evidence of differential weight loss over time (Chi²=4.2, p=0.64, df=6). Therefore, this study concludes that there was no significant difference between VGB hypnotherapy and the relaxation hypnotherapy.

Publication Date 2016-10
Journal International journal of clinical and experimental hypnosis
Print ISSN 0020-7144
Electronic ISSN 1744-5183
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 64
Issue 4
Pages 419-433
APA6 Citation Greetham, S., Goodwin, S., Wells, L., Whitham, C., Jones, H., Rigby, A., …Atkin, S. (2016). Pilot investigation of a virtual gastric band hypnotherapy intervention. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 64(4), 419-433.
Keywords Hypnotherapy; Obesity; Weight loss; Gastric band
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