Hypnotic enhancement of cognitive-behavioral weight loss treatments--another meta-reanalysis

J Consult Clin Psychol. 1996 Jun;64(3):517-9. doi: 10.1037//0022-006x.64.3.517.


In a 3rd meta-analysis of the effect of adding hypnosis to cognitive-behavioral treatments for weight reduction, additional data were obtained from authors of 2 studies, and computational inaccuracies in both previous meta-analyses were corrected. Averaged across posttreatment and follow-up assessment periods, the mean weight loss was 6.00 lbs. (2.72 kg) without hypnosis and 11.83 lbs. (5.37 kg) with hypnosis. The mean effect size of this difference was 0.66 SD. At the last assessment period, the mean weight loss was 6.03 lbs. (2.74 kg) without hypnosis and 14.88 lbs. (6.75 kg) with hypnosis. The effect size for this difference was 0.98 SD. Correlational analyses indicated that the benefits of hypnosis increased substantially over time (r = .74).

Publication types

  • Meta-Analysis

MeSH terms

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy*
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Data Interpretation, Statistical
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Hypnosis*
  • Obesity / psychology
  • Obesity / therapy*
  • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Weight Loss