Men are blasted with online and TV ads and social media accounts that preach the idea that guys with a six-pack and a V-line are healthy, attractive, and in general have a better life.
It has been like this for decades, but a recent study reveals that things might be changing.
Planet Fitness, an American gym company, says that the “dad bod” is winning over hearts and minds.
The “dad bod” means “body of a dad”, and it includes a stomach that many people assume belongs to a dad that doesn’t have time to go to the gym all the time.
The thing is that it’s less about fat, and more about the lack of abs that you could grate cheese off.
Planet Fitness conducted a survey to see what people think about each body type, and it seems like not only men, but women too are more comfortable with the “dad bod”.
In fact, 79% of the men with a dad bod were happy with their physique, compared to 64% last year.
It also boosted their self-esteem and helped them learn to love their body.
Almost 80% of the respondents believed that a “dad bod” is a sign of a man who is confident in his own skin. 61% thought it was hot, and 51% reckoned it’s the new six-pack.
Planet Fitness released a statement that said that the results reveal there are an increasing appreciation and acceptance for the “dad bod” physique.
In fact, this type of research has been backed up with studies in the past.
Professor of anthropology at Yale University Richard Bribiescas says in his book named “How Men Age: What Evolution Reveals About Male Health” that putting on weight after fatherhood strengthens the immune system and makes you less likely to suffer from cancer or heart-related issues.
What do you think about this new trend? What do you prefer, the “six-pack” or the “dad bod”?