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Effects of Self-conditioning Techniques in Promoting Weight Loss in Patients With Obesity. A Randomized Controlled Trial

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02978105
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : November 30, 2016
Last Update Posted : January 24, 2018
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Simona Bo, University of Turin, Italy

Brief Summary:

The investigators hypothesized that hypnosis is an alternative technique that could be applied to help patients with obesity to lose weight.

The possibility that a self-conditioning technique (self-hypnosis) added to traditional approach (diet, exercise and behavioral recommendations) will be effective in determining weight loss with respect to the traditional approach in subjects with a body mass index (BMI) between 35 and 50 kg/m2 will be studied.


Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Obesity Other: self-conditioning techniques Other: standard care (diet, exercise and behavioral therapy) Phase 3

Detailed Description:

Obesity is a serious health concern. Most lifestyle interventions fail over time; indeed, overeating often involves loss of control and compulsive behaviors.

Hypnosis could increase the ability to control emotional impulses. Self-conditioning techniques borrowed from hypnosis (self-hypnosis) increase self-control and self-management of emotions. Recent hypnosis techniques with a rapid-induction phase allow the trained patients to go into self-hypnosis in a few minutes and to repeat the experience in complete autonomy, employing a short time of the day only.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 120 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Effects of Self-conditioning Techniques in Promoting Weight Loss in Patients With Severe Obesity. A Randomized Controlled Trial
Actual Study Start Date : February 2015
Actual Primary Completion Date : July 2017
Actual Study Completion Date : September 2017

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Experimental
self-conditioning techniques plus standard care
Other: self-conditioning techniques
Self-hypnosis to increase self-control before meals and every food compulsion episode

Other: standard care (diet, exercise and behavioral therapy)
dietary recommendations, exercise recommendations, and behavioral recommendations

Active Comparator: Control
Standard care: dietary recommendations, exercise recommendations, and behavioral recommendations
Other: standard care (diet, exercise and behavioral therapy)
dietary recommendations, exercise recommendations, and behavioral recommendations




Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. weight loss [ Time Frame: 12 months after randomization ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Change in body fat percentage [ Time Frame: 12 months after randomization ]
    Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DEXA)

  2. Change in fasting glucose [ Time Frame: 12 months after randomization ]
  3. Change in insulin circulating values [ Time Frame: 12 months after randomization ]
  4. Change in quality of life [ Time Frame: 12 months after randomization ]
    EuroQol (EQ)-5D [Index and Visual Analog Scale (VAS)



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Ages Eligible for Study:   20 Years to 70 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Able to give written informed consent
  • BMI between 35 and 50 kg/m2
  • Age 20-70 years

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Current or previous mental disorders and/or on any psychotropic drug
  • Insulin treatment
  • Candidates for bariatric surgery
  • Current (or discontinued for less than 6 months) treatment with anti-obesity drugs
  • Patients at risk of heart failure, edema, ascites (heart diseases, chronic liver diseases, nephrotic syndrome, renal failure)
  • Patients with untreated or uncompensated thyroid diseases

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT02978105


Locations
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Italy
Città della Salute e della Scienza di Torino
Turin, Italy, 10126
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Turin, Italy
Investigators
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Principal Investigator: Simona Bo, MD University of Turin, Italy
Publications automatically indexed to this study by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number):
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Responsible Party: Simona Bo, Associate Professor, University of Turin, Italy
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02978105    
Other Study ID Numbers: sbo2015
First Posted: November 30, 2016    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: January 24, 2018
Last Verified: January 2018
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Obesity
Weight Loss
Overnutrition
Nutrition Disorders
Overweight
Body Weight
Body Weight Changes