This month the internet broke with the newest craze of the “dad bod.” Just in case you missed it: the dad bod is one that appears to be slightly chunky, just muscular enough that you know he works out, but doesn’t use family time to do so.
The New York Times, decided to explore this concept further. A selection of actual fathers (sorry Seth Rogen) between the ages of 18 and 45 were sampled and then compared to men, of the same age, that did not have children.
Men, here is what you need to know if you are seeking to achieve the “dad bod”: Men with the dad bod were found to be ten pounds heavier than non-dads. That is nearly an extra two inches around the waist, with bellies that stick out an extra half-inch.
Every few years the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention surveys about 5,000 men and women. The grueling process delivers America its national averages for general health. For example, when dads were asked what their ideal weight was, dad’s answered a number that was five pounds heavier than non-dads.
In addition 70 percent of dads said they were not interested in losing weight.
The “dad bod” is much more prominent with those that have older teenagers or grown children. It appears that as a dad settles into fatherhood, so does his waistline. But fatherhood isn’t the only thing that causes the dad bod, it appears that age is also a factor. Of the ten pound difference, three pounds can be attributed to age.
Sadly, some people are calling the dad bod sexist and a double standard, as few people are out there rooting for the “mom bod.” #Notfair However data for women shows there is an equal amount of weight gain with parenthood.Women also reported they were twice as likely to have tried losing weight compared to their male counterpart.
Whether or not the dad bod is a double standard, men across America seem to be deciding it is okay to let themselves go a bit. Allison Underhill of the Huffington Post says, “why can’t we just accept our bodies? As a diverse culture, we have a wide array of body types. The lesson we should learn from the Dad Bod phenomenon is that we should all try to be happy with our bodies. We should make healthy choices and live our lives in a way that makes us content.”
Why can’t we just accept our bodies?
The dad bod may create a double standard for women, but it also pigeonholes men into becoming a certain type of man as well. As a society, celebrating our bodies for what they are is going to take some time, but it can start right now by eating right, being more active, and remembering that our physical bodies are only a small fragment that makes us who we are.