The traditionally pudgy “dad bod” has always gotten a bad rap, but it’s actually been proven these filled-out fathers are considered more attractive to women. In fact, studies have found they live longer and pass on good genes. Even though this gradual loss of testosterone isn’t ideal, it is beneficial to the immune system over time.
According to Richard Bribiescas, an anthropology professor at Yale University,
Macho makes you sick. The Hollywood image of the swaggering, dashing man…conjures up a perception of indestructibility.
It’s ironic this same ideal is not feasible in real life. This “indestructibility” is caused by the hormone that makes men more vulnerable to illness. An excess in testosterone has been proven to cause heart attacks and other health issues.
While men are on average larger and physically stronger than women, men have a considerable weakness.
Not to mention men generally don’t take care of themselves the way women do. Most of the men flaunting their dad bods do exercise; they just have slower metabolism, which is key to living longer.
A 2008 study proved 50 per cent of men with higher metabolisms are more likely to die at a younger age than those whose bodies burn more fat when at rest. Is it time to stop lamenting the fat rolls that just don’t seem to go away, no matter how many crunches you do?
According to Professor Bribiescas,
This has a significant negative impact on the pace at which men age.
In addition, men with a little more pudge tend to be better family men who focus more on their children and spouses than their own appearances. The trend of young women seeking out older, less macho men has always been popular in celebrity circles. For example, Steve Martin was 62 when he married 38-year-old Anne Stringfield.
Alec Baldwin was 53 when he married his current wife, Hilaria Thomas, who was 27 when they were married. Is it because their wives wanted older men, or simply because both Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin are rich and famous for their senses of humor?