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Why Do Women Like Men With Dad Bods?


OverSword

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Maybe I can cut back at the gym :D

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In the last few years, there has been a lot of mention of the Dad Bod being attractive. For example, a 2017 survey by Planet Fitness reported that:

  • 78 percent of women feel men with dad bods are confident in their own skin
  • Nearly half of women (47 percent) even believe dad bods are the new six-pack, and nearly three in five (58 percent) of mothers feel dad bods are the new six-pack
  • 83 percent of mothers would be proud to have a husband with a dad bod.

Also, a Dating.com survey (2021) reported that almost 75 percent of singles like the Dad Bod—preferring a build that isn't very chiseled.

But, is the Dad Bod really physically attractive, or is it simply that men who possess a Dad Bod are assumed to have other characteristics that appeal to women interested in something other than short-term relationships?

 

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With new weight loss drugs the dad bod look might be on the way out? 

Will this cause an outcry among women folk 💔 

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This is basically the female of our species saying they don't want others physically attracted to their mate...and for us to keep things in proper order as far as life spans go 😉 😆

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44 minutes ago, L.A.T.1961 said:

With new weight loss drugs the dad bod look might be on the way out? 

Will this cause an outcry among women folk 💔 

You can lose all the weight you want and still be out of shape

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13 minutes ago, CrimsonKing said:

This is basically the female of our species saying they don't want others physically attracted to their mate...and for us to keep things in proper order as far as life spans go 😉 😆

That was kind of my take too.  Also they want to be the better looking person in the couple.

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I noticed there was a good chance a woman would be drawn to someone with a strong resemblance to their dad years ago.

As many dads end up with the dad bod then this could be a big influence on women's preferred body shape.

And if you happen to be 5ft8in don't bother chasing someone with a 6ft2in dad. 😉

Just for clarity I am 5ft10in. 😁

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1 hour ago, Tatetopa said:

Could it be character?

The study says that certain character traits (true or false) may be associated with the "dad bod" body type.  

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Now I question my desire to get in shape, besides round.😄

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Different gender, different perspective, different criteria. 

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I think it is because most women plan to become Moms...and then they will have Mom Bods. So, if they are already with someone who has a Dad bod, then they won't feel as threatened when they achieve Mom Bod Status when their G.I. Joe Bod husband goes off to the gym.

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Going out with a thirty year old woman for dinner tonight. Maybe I’ll ask her about dad bods? :rofl:
Okay I may be bragging a little   :lol:

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Doesn't seem that mysterious to me if you flip perspectives. 

You are a man with better than average fitness. You spend time at the gym, you work for it and look good and know it.  You want to socialize and have fun, you are not bound by domestic responsibilities, being young and single. You go out to admire and be admired,.  You need to have the hottest date you can get to feed your ego.   While you sit together at dinner you flex and pose and look around to see if you are being admired and maybe even have the chance of an upgrade.  Your date need be no more than eye candy.

Then you find the absolute hottest chick ever.  She is as big a gym rat as you are and when she is not at the gym, she is at the spa or makeup mirror and boy is she hot.  You feel yourself falling for her and begin to open up about some intimate details of your life and notice that look in her eyes you recognize so well.  She is looking around the room for admiration and a possible upgrade.  You are the placeholder.  Lifestyles of the young and single.

Maybe some day  you decide to settle down and have a family.  When you are trying to maintain a job and a household and raise a couple of kids, there is always plenty of work to go around.  You even skip workouts to put in a new lawn and paint the living room. You get home from a long day at work, pick up the kids from daycare and get home to find a note. "At the gym, get Grub Hub for the kids, Sarah likes chicken nuggets and Charlie likes spaghetti.  Its abs night, gotta keep the girls pert. Don't worry about me I'll  grab a bite with friends after workout."

Later that night as Charlie pukes up his spaghetti all over the bed and floor and you are trying to change sheets and clean up a crying kid, you might in passing wish the "girls" were a little less pert, and were there  attached to a mom bod who was helping console the  kid and clean up the  mess.  You might even long for some one you could talk to and share a joke with as well as a chore.  You might even fantasize about someone who was there when you needed them and not looking around every room for an upgrade.  

 

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I read the link….  It also states that women prefer men with lower testosterone levels…for the long term.     …how can they tell?  Sense of smell?   He says hello ,before he grabs her?    Make him get a testosterone test?        What the heck is a Dad Bod?  😶      My dad was skinny.          

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Dad bod. What most of we men turn into in our 40’s belly sticks out further than your chest, low definition muscles @lightly

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3 hours ago, lightly said:

It also states that women prefer men with lower testosterone levels…for the long term.

but handy in the short term- when needed? ya know like when a nutcase comes running at the wife & kids with a knife 🤷‍♂️

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It's why they invented clothes.

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3 hours ago, OverSword said:

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Dad bod. What most of we men turn into in our 40’s belly sticks out further than your chest, low definition muscles @lightly

Hi OverSword

Gee, I guess I will have to deal with the rejection then seeing as how I am still a 32" waist and 40" chest and will be 70 next Sunday.:lol:

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7 hours ago, jmccr8 said:

Hi OverSword

Gee, I guess I will have to deal with the rejection then seeing as how I am still a 32" waist and 40" chest and will be 70 next Sunday.:lol:

Good job!!!!!! :tu:  I have no idea what my chest is, waist 33, I workout a lot and watch what I eat. I definitely had a dad bod until a year or two ago. 

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On 3/29/2024 at 3:55 PM, OverSword said:

Maybe I can cut back at the gym :D

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I recall a time when there was a lot of discussion surrounding toxic masculinity and men who worked out. I'm curious if women are now associating dad-bods with less toxic masculinity.

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16 hours ago, OverSword said:

Going out with a thirty year old woman for dinner tonight. Maybe I’ll ask her about dad bods? :rofl:
Okay I may be bragging a little   :lol:

 

32 minutes ago, OverSword said:

Good job!!!!!! :tu:  I have no idea what my chest is, waist 33, I workout a lot and watch what I eat. I definitely had a dad bod until a year or two ago. 

Just take care and don't throw out a hip with those 30 year olds...😉 😆 👍

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I'm 45 and I've had my dad bod phase. Looking to the late Jack Lalanne for inspiration. I just don't like the idea of becoming a fat old man. Seen too many give up when they were at my age.

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3 minutes ago, TashaMarie said:

I recall a time when there was a lot of discussion surrounding toxic masculinity and men who worked out. I'm curious if women are now associating dad-bods with less toxic masculinity.

I've worked at different gyms for years...

I've seen quite a few married attractive women alone at the gym while Dad bod is at home with the kids...

They have never seemed too leary of any toxicity or athletic males either.

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