All About Dad Bods

Advanced Dermatology shared that we’ve all heard of it, the ‘dad bod’. But what does it really mean, and why has it become a pop culture phenomenon? The dad bod is described as a body shape particular to middle-aged men that is relatively slim, but not lean or toned. In recent years, the dad bod has received a lot of attention and praise, making men who may be concerned about things like hair loss and aging feel more confident.

Advance Dermatology surveyed more than 1,100 Americans from across the country about their opinions of the dad bod.  It may be a surprise, but the majority of Americans (60%) are fans of the dad bod! Nearly 3 in 4 women (70%) say they are a fan of a particular body type. For men, the percentage is lower, with nearly half saying they like the dad bod.

Much of the talk about dad bods is positive. Among those surveyed, 53% believe ‘dad bod’ is a body-positive term. Additionally, 61% think dad bods are attractive and 49% say the dad bod is sexy. Almost half (47%) of people who say they’re attracted to men prefer the dad bod over someone really muscular and 1 in 5 would even go as far as saying the dad bod is the new six-pack.

When it comes to the look of the dad bod, 73% of people say having a dad bod means a person still appears to be fit, with a little extra weight. Additionally, 3 in 4 say someone with a dad bod is still overall healthy.

As for attraction, 65% of people say a person’s body type matters to them and whether they find the person attractive overall. Men put more emphasis on it, with 74% saying body type matters. Fewer women (57%) felt the same.

While the majority of people are fans of the dad bod, it may not only be because of looks but what people think of the person. 49% of people believe men with dad bods have happier relationships and marriages. When asked to describe a person with a dad bod, the top terms included family man, a supportive, caring, good husband, busy, provider, and athletic.

Additionally, 58% of people say a dad bod is a sign of someone who is confident in his own skin and more than 1 in 3 say a man with a dad bod appears to be more trustworthy than someone with another body type. In fact, 90% of people say they would rather be with someone who has a dad bod and a great personality than be with a model with a dull personality.


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