'Beer bellies are in, biceps are out.'
Defying the ‘Macho’ Ideal
According to the professor, “Macho makes you sick. The Hollywood image of the swaggering, dashing man dispatching bad guys and carrying the day conjures up a perception of indestructibility. While men are on average larger and physically stronger than women, men have a considerable weakness.
“We have a harder time fighting off infections and illness compared with women, and […] men simply do not take care of themselves.
“This has a significant negative impact on the pace at which men age.”
Never mind calming a woman’s potential insecurities; instead, think of the dad bod as a way to drop a man’s ego to the point of being more realistic. Whereas a more muscular and attractive man may seek further sexual escapades instead of settling down, Bribiescas argues that a more portly man is more likely to marry and father children, establishing a sense of protection that women looking to have children favor.
An “effect of lower testosterone levels is a loss of muscle mass and increases in fat mass. This change in body composition not only causes men to shop for more comfortable trousers but also facilitates increased survivorship and, hypothetically, a hormonal milieu that would more effectively promote and support paternal investment,” explains Bribiescas.
A Dad Bod Is a Healthy Bod
But it’s not just ego and reproduction that make the dad bod so attractive, argues Bribiescas. In fact, scientific evidence across the board indicates pudgier men have stronger immune systems, are less likely to get prostate cancer, and that if they have slow metabolisms, they are “50% less likely to die in any given year than their skinnier counterparts.”
After hearing this news, which health routines will you decide to follow? Is skinny yet built still the ideal shape of a man, or does the dad bod trump? SHARE this article with someone with a dad bod!