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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

Marie Reid

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.


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.

Acceptance Date Apr 6, 2015
Online Publication Date Sep 2, 2016
Publication Date 2016-10
Deposit Date Apr 6, 2016
Publicly Available Date Sep 2, 2016
Journal International journal of clinical and experimental hypnosis
Print ISSN 0020-7144
Electronic ISSN 1744-5183
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 64
Issue 4
Pages 419-433
Keywords Hypnotherapy; Obesity; Weight loss; Gastric band
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