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Exploring the Relationship Between Body Mass Index, Obesity, and Gambling Level Across Different Gambling Types
Desmond Lam; I Man Mok
2017-09
Source PublicationJOURNAL OF GAMBLING ISSUES
ISSN1910-7595
Issue36Pages:97-112
Abstract

Individuals’ body weight, measured in terms of body mass index (BMI), has been linked to various health issues in the literature. Recently, a positive relationship has been found between obesity and the level of problem gambling. In this exploratory study, we investigate the association between BMI, obesity, and gambling frequency across multiple types of leisure gambling. Data collected by the Pew Research Center among 1,473 gamblers was used to tests the links between BMI and gambling frequency for 16 types of leisure gambling activities. After we accounted for the effects of age, educational level, and family income and corrected for multiple comparisons, the results showed that obese participants (BMI ≥ 30) conducted significantly more gambling activities in two types of gambling, namely, playing bingo for money and buying state lottery tickets. Moreover, among female gamblers only, BMI was positively associated with frequency of gambling related to casinos, college basketball, and video poker machines. The findings of this exploratory study allow a better understanding of the potential risk factors of obesity and may be of value to public policy makers.

KeywordBmi Obesity Gambling
DOIhttp://dx.doi.org/10.4309/jgi.2017.36.5
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Language英语
WOS Research AreaSubstance Abuse
WOS SubjectSubstance Abuse
WOS IDWOS:000419669100005
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionFaculty of Business Administration
DEPARTMENT OF INTEGRATED RESORT AND TOURISM MANAGEMENT
Corresponding AuthorDesmond Lam
AffiliationFaculty of Business Administration, University of Macau, Macau, China
First Author AffilicationFaculty of Business Administration
Corresponding Author AffilicationFaculty of Business Administration
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Desmond Lam,I Man Mok. Exploring the Relationship Between Body Mass Index, Obesity, and Gambling Level Across Different Gambling Types[J]. JOURNAL OF GAMBLING ISSUES,2017(36):97-112.
APA Desmond Lam,&I Man Mok.(2017).Exploring the Relationship Between Body Mass Index, Obesity, and Gambling Level Across Different Gambling Types.JOURNAL OF GAMBLING ISSUES(36),97-112.
MLA Desmond Lam,et al."Exploring the Relationship Between Body Mass Index, Obesity, and Gambling Level Across Different Gambling Types".JOURNAL OF GAMBLING ISSUES .36(2017):97-112.
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