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?
Professor Bribiescas asserts the lowering levels of testosterone in older men is the scientific explanation for this phenomenon:
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.
In other words, these chubby dads are less focused on finding a mate and more concerned with supporting longer-lasting rewards like familial stability and financial security. Obviously, they are more dependable than younger, muscular guys. Another benefit is most of these older dads are more honest about themselves.
They are not trying to be something they aren’t, and they don’t worship the rock-solid bods of professional bodybuilders. They know what goals are attainable and which are not.
Despite the positives of the “dad bod”, a new study from Cambridge University suggests long-distance runners are a better match for women looking for men with good genes. Researchers have proven endurance athletes have increased fertility and are more effective at passing on traits to their children.
It’s likely most runners descended from ancestors who were prehistoric hunters. What’s more, they supposedly have higher sperm counts and stronger sex drives. Here’s the antithesis: they have lower levels of body fat and are probably not flaunting the beloved “dad bod.”
A recent survey showed that only about 15 percent of women actively seek out men with the acclaimed “dad bod,” while about 50 percent remain indifferent. So, is it really worth it to let yourself go? Or is the key to successful romance really just to not care so much about how you look?