A study carried out at the Northwestern University claims that the aptly named ‘dad bod’ is actually real. Science has now explained that the dad bod is actually more common, surprisingly enough, in male parents.
The term was popularized by a Clemson University student by the name of Mackenzie Pearson in a just 500 word article on the Internet. She defines the dad bod as somewhere in between a six-pack and a flabby stomach – what a man that regularly exercises but also likes to sometimes devour an entire pizza would have around his belly.
In her view, girls tend to be more comfortable with guys that do not have a near-perfect body. They would feel insecure standing next to a set of perfect abs who would always take the spotlight. She thinks that the dad bod makes males look more natural and real.
In the article, Mackenzie seems to be mostly referring to younger, not yet married men. But the above-mentioned study has now confirmed that this type of physique has a tendency to develop after the birth of the man’s first child.
The research was carried out on 10,000 men over a period of 20 years using existing health records. The selected males were no older than 21. After 14 years within the study close to 30% of them were already dads.
Those who were fathers gained an average of 4 pounds after having their first baby. Those who were not were actually losing one or two pounds on average over the study’s period. This shows that parenthood tends to make men put on a weight, though not by much. This probably leads to the appearance of the dad bod.
The research was the first of its kind to take BMI (body mass index) into consideration. BMI is an alternative way of looking at somebody’s health, focusing on the proportions different types of tissue (such as fat or muscle) hold within our bodies. It can be a more reliable indicator for one’s chance of developing weight-related diseases than simple body mass.
It was found that fathers have a higher BMI than the average man by around 2.5%. This might be a little worrying, but unless the person in question is not already overweight such an increase in BMI is unlikely to actually cause any problems.
The research itself did not look into the reasons why men tend to put on weight, though the most likely answer is that they simply do not have as much time to take care of themselves after a child is born.
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