Hypnobehavioral and hypnoenergetic therapy in the treatment of obese women: a pragmatic randomized clinical trial

Int J Clin Exp Hypn. 2014;62(3):260-91. doi: 10.1080/00207144.2014.901055.


This study compared the effectiveness of hypnobehavioral therapy (HypBe) and HypBe enhanced by elements of energetic psychotherapy (hypnoenergetic therapy, HypEn) for obese women. Sixty clients were randomized to either HypBe or HypEn. Body weight, BMI, eating behavior, and body concept were assessed at baseline, posttreatment, and at a follow-up. Mixed ANOVA models and effect sizes were used for statistics. Both treatments improved weight, BMI, eating behavior, and some aspects of body concept. Improvements in eating behavior and body concept were higher for those who also lost weight (responders). Weight and BMI reductions were not significantly different for the HypEn versus HypBe groups at follow-up.

Publication types

  • Pragmatic Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Acupressure
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Behavior Therapy / methods*
  • Body Image
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Feeding Behavior
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hypnosis / methods*
  • Middle Aged
  • Obesity / psychology
  • Obesity / therapy*
  • Psychotherapy / methods*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Weight Loss