Casinos may reduce poverty, obesity in Native American communities

Modest reduction in overweight youth seen after addition of slot machines

By Nathan Seppa, 09:19 AM March 5, 2014

Building a new casino on American Indian tribal land, or expanding an existing one, coincides with higher income and slightly lower rates of being overweight or obese in Native American children living nearby, researchers report in the March 5 JAMA.


Native Americans are more likely to be overweight or obese than their white non-Hispanic counterparts. Those living on tribal lands also face high rates of poverty. To find out whether an injection of legalized gambling affects these problems, res...

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