Bay Area Casinos and Hotels Aren’t Just Fun! They’re Healthy, Too

In at least one study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, it was discovered that adding a slot machine in a California neighborhood could reduce the risk of childhood obesity by 0.19 percent. LA Times writer Monte Morin says the research also suggested that casinos had the benefit of increasing the locals’ economic resources, but it’s hard to tell whether or not this applies to all neighborhoods in California. Still, the authors of the study state that the purported health benefits seem too good to ignore:

“They wrote that the overall prevalence of obesity among the studied children was 48%. On average, communities that added slot machines reduced that rate by about 5%.”

How this came to be exactly isn’t clear, but for what it’s worth, people now have more reasons to visit Bay Area casinos like Twin Pine Casino & Hotel. One may surmise that people are more physically active in casinos than at home, where watching TV or sitting at the computer are the primary pastimes. Others may suggest that the foods and beverages served at such establishments are relatively healthier than the ones offered in fast food restaurants and stalls. Considering that many casinos in California also function as first-class hotels and provide high-quality food, the latter seems a more viable explanation.

casinos linked to reduced risk of childhood obesity

Casinos in California are part of a large and lucrative industry, although they are distinct from those in other popular gaming cities like Las Vegas. In California, casinos are established in Native American lands, and their profits are used to benefit the tribes who own the lands. These casinos made about $6.96 billion in 2012, an amount that was not as high as their pre-recession earnings, but is certainly better than the numbers they’d seen in the previous year, 2011. Now that scientists claim that casinos are actually beneficial to human health, it won’t be a surprise to see these revenue figures go up in the years to come.

Of course, exercising a little caution wouldn’t be a bad idea for first-time visitors, considering that California’s gambling laws are quite different from other states. For example, some casinos allow minors into their establishments, while others strictly impose age restriction policies (normally between 18 and 21 years old). To be on the safe side, families who wish to have a unique Bay Area entertainment experience should always stay with their children when visiting casinos. Whether or not there is indeed a connection between better health and playing slot machines, children’s exposure to casinos still needs parental supervision.

(Source: Jackpot! Casinos linked to reduced risk of childhood obesity, Los Angeles Times, March 5, 2014)