Earlier this summer, an article written by Clemson University student Mackenzie Pearson,highlighted the newest fitness “trend” for men: the dad bod. The article, “Why Girls Love the Dad Bod,” explained why men could actually benefit from taking a night off from the gym in favor of indulging in beer and wings.
The dad bod isn’t a new concept. Guys have been skipping the gym in favor of chugging beer since, well, forever. But a concise definition as to what exactly a dad bod is hasn’t been readily available until this article hit the Web.
The Internet has since erupted in response to the “dad bod” craze, and now, we’re sifting through the praise and backlash trying to decide if a little extra fluff really does give us a little something more in a romantic partner.
Pearson defined this body type as, “a nice balance between a beer gut and working out. The dad bod says, ‘I go to the gym occasionally, but I also drink heavily on the weekends and enjoy eating eight slices of pizza at a time.’” It’s a body with a little extra flab, not too much extra flab, but just the right amount. If you’re still a little confused, we recommend the Instagram account @collegedadbods for some visual representation.
Dad Bod — A guy who has kids and was once in shape and still has guns that can crush beer cans but also with a belly that says I drank those beers and I can eat 6 slices of pizza in one seating.
According to the article, girls dig the dad bod because it doesn’t intimidate them, they get to be the “pretty” one in the relationship. There’s more flab makes for a comfier spoon, carbo-loading as a date-night activity is super fun, and they can imagine what their counterpart will look like when he actually is a dad, more accurately if he already looks like one (gotta love that logic).
Dad bods are also apparently perceived as more fun than their ripped counterparts. As one friend so eloquently put it, “a toned guy shows up with a six-pack at the party, but a dad bod brings the whole keg.”
Another analysis published by the Washington Post even looked at a possible evolutionary explanation to the dad bod obsession: now that women are independent and don’t need a man to protect them, are they seeking out different qualities in a mate? Is a cuddly bear more alluring than a protective warrior, now that the bears and warriors are just metaphors instead of reality?
Whether you love the dad bod or hate dad bod, I think we can all agree that this craze still has some questions that need answering: Are dad bods actually more attractive, or are women everywhere just being brainwashed into digging the squish? How much dough is too much dough? When has your partner has taken his dad bod a little too far?
And finally: Will the mom bod ever become a thing? If not, will this injustice spark a new-age feminist movement? (And if so, where can I sign up?)