Gardening Helps in Controlling Body Weight: Study

 StudyA study came up with results that gardening benefits the health. The study revealed that gardening is every effective to keep the body weight under control.

As many as 198 adults, in their mid 40s, were analyzed. The participants had gardened in an urban community plot at least for a year. The data of gardener participants was compared with people of same age and sex who lived in the same neighborhood but did not garden.

The findings revealed that the gardeners had, on average, a lower body mass index. BMI is an indicator of body fatness depending upon person's weight and height. The BMI of gardeners was 1.8 points lower for women and 2.4 points lower for men.

It was found that men who gardened were 62% less likely to be overweight or obese in comparison to their neighbors who did not garden. Also, women were found to be 46% less likely to be overweight or obese.

Obesity is known to increase the risk for chronic health problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes etc. According to experts, more than two-third adults are overweight or obese in the United States. The study was published online in the American Journal of Public Health on April 18.