Weight loss for women: studies of smokers and nonsmokers using hypnosis and multicomponent treatments with and without overt aversion

Psychol Rep. 1997 Jun;80(3 Pt 1):931-3. doi: 10.2466/pr0.1997.80.3.931.


Study 1 compared overweight adult women smokers (n = 50) and nonsmokers (n = 50) in an hypnosis-based, weight-loss program. Smokers and nonsmokers achieved significant weight losses and decreases in Body Mass Index. Study 2 treated 100 women either in an hypnosis only (n = 50) or an overt aversion and hypnosis (n = 50) program. This multicomponent follow-up study replicated significant weight losses and declines in Body Mass Index. The overt aversion and hypnosis program yielded significantly lower posttreatment weights and a greater average number of pounds lost.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aversive Therapy*
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hypnosis*
  • Obesity / psychology
  • Obesity / therapy*
  • Smoking / psychology*
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Weight Loss*