Gardening Can Reduce Risk of Obesity

Do not hesitate again for your gardening hobby. According to the research, planting a variety of plants in pots around your home or a special place to reduce the risk of obesity.

In addition to making your body move more, says gardening can also push a person having a more healthy diet, especially if the plant is vegetables and fruits. Gardening is also believed to have a high social benefits for the environment a person has the same hobby. Thus, they can share information and build social relationships.

Researchers from the University of Utah studied 198 people with gardening hobby. They are members of a community gardening in Salt Lake City. They compared the Body Mass Index (BMI) throughout gardener, is calculated by dividing weight (in kilograms) by the square of their height (in centimeters). These results were then compared with a BMI of their neighbors to determine whether the hobby of gardening an impact on the body.

As a result, the average has about 1.84 BMI lower than their neighbors. When grouped according to gender, women gardening has a 46 percent likelihood of obesity is lower compared with its neighbors. While for men the gardening possibilities obesity 62 percent lower.

People with hobbies gardening also have a greater likelihood to have a healthy figure compared to his brother. But not for married couples, because is believed the couple will also feel the benefit of helping to carry out activities in the garden and even contributed to eat vegetables or fruit.

“This preliminary study may give an idea to people that gardening is a valuable asset that can lead them to a healthier lifestyle,” said Prof. Cathleen Zick, leader of the study, as quoted from the Telegraph, Friday (19/04/2013).

“In addition, this course may be to invite local officials to be able to draft a new city to be more healthy citizens,” he added.

After knowing the healthy benefits of gardening, let’s start a healthy lifestyle by trying to make a small garden around your home. That way, you can decrease the risk of obesity.