I think I came across the Dad Bod trend browsing through my Facebook feed. As a nearly 39-year-old father of two I was pissed. Here I am working hard to eat right, exercise, do fun things outside, and not drink too much beer, and now women are apparently attracted to just the opposite. Well, bullshit, I’m not buying it, and I'm not giving up either.
Never heard of the “Dad bod?” Consider yourself lucky. This definition provided by Urban Dictionary sums it up pretty well:
"Dad bod" is a male body type that is best described as "softly round." It's built upon the theory that once a man has found a mate and fathered a child, he doesn't need to worry about maintaining a sculpted physique.
The term "Dad Bod" was coined by Mackenzie Pearson at Clemson University when she wrote an article, “Why Girls Love The Dad Bod.” Here's an excerpt:
You know what you're getting.
Girls tend to picture their future together with their guys early on. Therefore, if he already has the dad bod going on, we can get used to it before we date him, marry him, have three kids. We know what we are getting into when he's got the same exact body type at the age of 22 that he's going to have at 45.
Talk about settling early? Really you’re satisfied with what you’ve got and that’s it?
I’ll be honest I started on my Dad Bod even before there was such a thing. I’ll never forget my sister-in-law commenting on my body while my wife was pregnant … something like “oh you must be having a sympathetic pregnancy.” Even before my first was born, the Dad Bod was forming without me even noticing it. But pretty much at that moment I knew it was time to change.
The main issue I have with the Dad Bod is people’s acceptance of it, like it’s now cool to have a little bit of squish? Call me crazy but I don’t think it’s cool, sexy, acceptable, or healthy, and I”ll keep running, skiing, working out, and cutting down on my beer and pizza to keep it that way.
Now don’t get me wrong I’m no “fun-hater.” I like beer, cocktails, and pizza just as much as the next guy, but much prefer to eat them after a good day in the mountains.
Do you have a Dad Bod? You can find out with this handy flow chart. Fortunately, I don’t and I’ll keep working so it stays that way.
Oh, and it just so happens, Men's Health isn't buying it either.