What is a dad bod?


With eight crates of beer, you could have a body like this…

The vast majority of those who read this will be people who workout, who want to workout or who have at some point, worked out. The reasons? They tend to be to stay healthy, look good and feel great. But what’s this “dad bod” craze all about?

In the last few weeks, the likes of Adam Sandler, Leonardo di Caprio and Seth Rogan have been held up high as examples of the finest Dad Bods.

So first, let’s explain what it is.

The dad bod explained

three men with dad bods

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What are they so happy about?

Essentially, it is the physique of someone who isn’t worried about a chiselled body. They might occasionally workout and drink a tasty protein shake here or there, but they don’t workout every day. The result? They have a little bit of fat here and there, you can’t see their abs and the word “round” springs to mind.

Comfort be they name.

Why is the dad bod becoming popular?

How I feel hearing that 'dad bod' is now a thing. - Imgur

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Hooray for Zoidberg!

Accepting “normal” dads seems to be the main reason. I.e. loving all and everyone. But what society wants tends to change from week to week. You have to be massive at one moment, then skinny, then toned and it can all get a bit confusing. In the column that started the dad bod craze, Mackenzie Pearson alluded to several points.

These were mainly along the lines of you know what you’re getting, that they get “better cuddles” and the whole monotony of meal prep is largely avoided.

She also alluded to some other points which we will look at…now.

Reasons why the dad bod is bad

Her reasons also included not being intimidated and that the girl likes being the pretty one. You could argue both of these points are damaging to the whole “we’re all in it together as one big accepting society” kind of thing.

After all, if a man wants workout all day, groom properly and look “pretty” he should be able to. And it isn’t a man’s fault if they intimidate someone. Though having said that, people are entitled to their own taste in men and women, so her point is still quite valid.

But is that isn’t the end of the criticism.

What does the fitness community think about the dad bod?

Not a lot.

We get told all the time to eat healthy, stay in shape and that this and that will kill us, but after a quickly written article and a few tweets, we’re now being told to hide our abs with a layer of beer induced flubber.

Apart from the societal confusion, there is plenty of criticism in other ways. Namely, that working out feels good and has many benefits. Self esteem, reduced back pain, the ability to lift things, longer life expectancy…we could go on. So why shun the idea of a super healthy physique for one that resembles a body like Mr Blobby after he’s been on a summer cut, but given up somewhere around Easter?

Is there a mum bod?

Yes! It hasn’t had the same attention as the dad bod, but there has been a reactionary movement. The mum bod has been an answer to the celebration of rounder men, and is based around the same kind of ideas as the dad bod.

It does seem only fair that there is such a movement, as without it, it’s yet further examples of men being allowed to do what they want, whilst women have to get “beach body ready”; and we all know the uproar that caused!

Final word…

If you have got to this point, well done. If you are now going to run off and get a dad or mum bod, then do so, but it won’t be with our backing. It’s not because it’s a sign of averageness or because it means we’re less likely to sell hardcore fat burners, but because it’s yet another label.

We love those that like to stay in shape, that like to eat healthy and workout, but we can’t force you to. So while those that want to celebrate the dad and mum bod are perhaps right to, we’ll celebrate anyone with a healthy body, and encourage those that need help. Labels, can do one.

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