The Impact Of Gambling Addiction On Southeast Asian Refugees | Connecticut Public Radio

The Impact Of Gambling Addiction On Southeast Asian Refugees

Feb 11, 2019

When it comes to gambling addiction, what segments of the U.S. population are most affected? This hour, we look at a new report by Connecticut Public Radio and the Sharing America initiative, which shines a light on the issue of problem gambling within the Southeast Asian refugee community.

Later, we discuss a new report on weight-based bullying and its effect on young members of the LGBTQ community. Dr. Rebecca Puhl of the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity joins us and we also hear from you. 

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WNPR/Connecticut Public Radio: The Lure Of Luck: How Gambling Can Turn Addictive For Southeast Asian Refugees - "Southeast Asian refugees are among the groups that are especially vulnerable to falling into gambling addiction, experts say. One groundbreaking study more than a decade ago in Connecticut examined a sample group of refugees from Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos -- and reported their rate of gambling addiction was almost 30 times the national average."

UConn: LGBTQ Teens Face High Rates of Weight-Based Bullying - "Researchers found that across sexual identities, 44 to 70 percent of LGBTQ teens reported weight-based teasing from family members; 41 to 57 percent reported weight-based teasing from peers; and as many as 44 percent reported weight-based teasing from both family members and peers."

Chion Wolf contributed to this show.