As much as it provides a regular form of exercise, gardening could be a way to consume healthy food and encourage people to grow vegetables in their own garden.
Male gardeners had BMI scores 2.36 lower on an average. Female gardeners also enjoyed the same health benefit as they were also 46 per cent less likely to be overweight or obese.
Prof Cathleen Zick, who led the study, said: "This initial study validates the idea that community gardens are a valuable neighbourhood asset that can promote healthier living. That could be of interest to urban planners, public health officials and others focused on designing new neighbourhoods and revitalizing old ones."