Health and Fitness

We’re Challenging the ‘Dad Bod’ Concept by Lisa

Do ‍you recall⁤ the moment you‍ first encountered the term “dad bod”? It’s⁢ fascinating how‌ a phrase⁣ can evoke such ⁢strong ⁤emotions, isn’t it? As you ‍grappled with the concept of “dad” and ‍”bod” being used together, did it bring you comfort or a sense of unease?

The dad bod trend was⁣ all about allure – a consolation for those who never quite‌ measured⁢ up to the Adonis-like figures dominating the⁣ gym or, even worse,⁤ had succumbed⁢ to the⁣ classic pitfall of “letting ourselves⁤ go”. The dad⁣ bod was marketed as a confidence booster, assuring us that even if we ⁢couldn’t‌ garner as many ​Instagram likes as our sculpted⁢ counterparts, we still had “it” – whatever “it” might be.

For ⁤me, the dad bod, as ‍a body positivity ‍message,⁣ was akin⁢ to⁤ the “singer-songwriter”‌ of body types, ‌a shot at authenticity but ultimately a letdown. It​ was masculinity rearing its head⁤ once ⁤again. Picture dads ‌with their ⁣bods, a bit more bulk in the back, enjoying⁤ a beer​ and​ grilling burgers on a hot barbecue. Perhaps the ideal husband material – real men, ⁢appealing‍ yet unconcerned⁢ with​ gym memberships and matcha smoothies. A far cry from the polished ⁣metrosexuals who, after⁣ a ‌quick glance in ⁣the mirror, go on a single date, have coffee,⁢ get the venti ⁣experience they were after, then dash off in pursuit of⁣ other conquests. Dads, theoretically at least,‍ are not like that –⁤ they’re dependable, steady, ​and have only you on their ​mind. Just your typical⁤ guy.

Women have been categorized and objectified based ​on⁤ body type, primarily for sexual appeal, ⁤for ‌ages. Men can never fully‍ grasp the extent of it; we’re just starting to‍ catch up, and online dating‌ is accelerating the process. Even the simplest dating‍ apps will inquire about your body type. The choices are ⁢often rudimentary‌ and subjective. How do you evaluate yourself? Do you stop strangers on the street and ⁣read ⁢them the options? Do you ask friends who will likely ​tell⁤ you what they think you want to hear? How fit do ‍you need to be to label⁣ yourself “athletic”? Does anyone truly understand what “stocky”⁤ implies? And as for “slim” – ‍I might see a shapeless sausage in the mirror, but others might perceive me⁤ as a sylph. Who’s correct? And what does ‍it all signify anyway? Bodies can be deceptive, and your physical‍ state⁣ may not reflect your⁢ lifestyle at all. You could be a lean type who eats‌ whatever they want without gaining weight, or the ​guy who spends his life ‍in‍ the gym and panics at the sight⁤ of carbs, yet has a‌ slow metabolism or ‌glandular issues that keep⁤ him at a⁣ constant​ size.

Dating‍ apps​ are unable ​to look beyond the surface, so‌ unless you want to discuss your thyroid in your bio, you have to choose an option and hope for the best. But if ‍”dad bod” is the most expressive⁤ way ⁤to say you’re average, what does your body type reveal about you? And how do ‍you categorize it?

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