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ISRN Psychiatry
Volume 2013, Article ID 573532, 7 pages
Research Article

Depression Symptoms Improve after Successful Weight Loss with Emotional Freedom Techniques

1Department of Psychology, School of Humanities (Psychology), Bond University, Gold Coast, QLD 4229, Australia
2Foundation for Epigenetic Medicine, Fulton, CA, USA
3The Lakeside Rooms, Robina, QLD 4226, Australia
4Mullumbimby Psychology, Mullumbimby, NSW 2482, Australia

Received 23 May 2013; Accepted 28 June 2013

Academic Editors: S. Brand and A. Weizman

Copyright © 2013 Peta Stapleton et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Ninety-six overweight or obese adults were randomly allocated to a four-week EFT treatment or waitlist condition. Waitlist participants crossed over to the EFT group upon completion of wait period. Degree of food craving, perceived power of food, restraint capabilities, and psychological symptoms were assessed at pretreatment, posttreatment and at 12-month follow-up for combined EFT groups. Significant improvements in weight, body mass index, food cravings, subjective power of food, craving restraint and psychological coping for EFT participants from pretreatment to 12-month follow-up ( ) were reported. The current paper isolates the depression symptom levels of participants, as well as levels of eight other psychological conditions. Significant decreases from pre- to posttreatment were found for depression, interpersonal sensitivity, obsessive-compulsivity, paranoid ideation, and somatization ( ). Significant decreases from pretreatment to 12-month follow-up were found for depression, interpersonal sensitivity, psychoticism, and hostility. The results point to the role depression, and other mental health conditions may play in the successful maintenance of weight loss.