The National Council for Hypnotherapy Responds to a Study Detailing Child Obesity

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Children in the UK are suffering from obesity at a young age.

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Hypnosis can provide them with the determination and strength to control their eating habits or help them unlearn old, negative habits and views of food.

According to figures from the National Child Measurement Programme, around 33 percent of 11 year olds and 22 percent of four and five year olds are now overweight or obese. Furthermore parent’s judgement is poor regarding weight, with 75 percent underestimating the size of an overweight child and 50 percent failing to recognise that their child is obese.

The problem is one of increasing worry in the UK as more and more children are categorised as obese due to lack of exercise at both school and at home and an increase in fast, unhealthy food. Weight loss can often be difficult and feel like a real struggle with both adults and children. Whilst the NHS has taken drastic steps towards fighting it, an alternative approach such as hypnotherapy could benefit millions. This could include hypnotising the patient into believing they have a small stomach, known as gastric hypnosis or simply changing their approach towards food.

A spokesperson from the Council explained, ‘Whilst the suggestion of losing weight seems easy – eat less, exercise more, for some this can be challenging and hypnosis can provide them with the determination and strength to control their eating habits or help them unlearn old, negative habits and views of food. Hypnotherapy can be used on any person from any walk of life – adult or child as long as they are willing to work hard and are determined.’

The National Council for Hypnotherapy continues to raise awareness of hypnotherapy and the matters it can address.

NCH represents over 1800 hypnotherapy professionals within the UK and is committed to ensuring the highest possible professional standards amongst our members. Those looking for help with smoking, weight, anxiety, panic attacks, habits and phobias may be helped by local NCH accredited therapists, look for the NCH seal of approval on their websites. As one of the largest registers of independent Hypnotherapists, the National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH) is actively involved with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) and strives to develop standards for the benefit of the profession, now and into the future.

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