Study Proves The Dad Bod Is Alive And Well

Study Proves The Dad Bod Is Alive And Well

It’s no secret that some ladies just prefer a portlier man. It’s the Dad Bad phenomenon, and it’s real.

We’ve covered its history, talked about why ladies love it, and even developed t-shirts promoting it. However, even with all of that, there seemed to be a dark cloud that hung over the Dad Bod concept. Did it even exist? Was it just an excuse to eat as much Chipotle as you wanted? Even though there are certain people who assert that the Dad Bod is a myth, those of you that have Dad Bods and those of us that love them now have science on our side.

According to a study published in The American Journal of Men’s Health, the notion of a Dad Bod is completely legit — for actual dads. Researchers from Northwestern University, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, The University of California–Irvine and Boston College came together to study the role of fatherhood on young men’s BMI. What they found, according to The Associated Press:

• A typical 6-foot-tall man who lives with his child can expect to gain an average of about 4½ extra pounds
• A same-sized man who does not live with his child can expect to gain nearly 3½ pounds

So if you’re interested in maintaining your boyish figure, it’s probably best that you don’t procreate. Not only because you’re a vain asshole, but because no kids means less poundage: the researchers found that a 6-foot man who does not have children typically had a weight gain that was 1½ pounds less than would otherwise have been expected.

So there you have it, Dad Bod doubters. It’s real…if you have kids. Otherwise, it probably means you’ve had too much beer and not enough cardio. But for us Dad Bod aficionados – that’s how we prefer you obtain that cuddly bod. Kids are way too much baggage – I’d rather get a dog.

[via The Associated Press]

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Jenna Crowley

Jenna used to be known as 2NOTBrokeGirls, but then one of the girls actually went broke, so she's struck out on her own. Jenna spends her free time saving the world, one sorority girl at a time (usually while wearing yoga pants), questioning why she decided to get a doctorate, documenting her love of all things cheese related, and hosting the new PGP podcast Don't Take It From Us. You can ask her anything you want about football, using your boobs to get what you want, and pizza at @JennaLCrowley on Twitter or via email at

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