According to a new study commissioned by Planet Fitness, women prefer the ‘dad bod’ physique over a man who has a six-pack.
This is the third year in which Planet Fitness has studied how American men and women feel about it, with data pointing to the consensus that it exudes more sexiness and confidence now than ever before.
The “dad bod” — the male physique that falls somewhere between buff and Pillsbury Doughboy — is more popular with the ladies than ever. Women don’t want rock hard abs on their fellows, they want love handles. In fact, nearly seven of 10 found a few or 20 extra pounds to be attractive on men, researchers found, according to the new survey.
There are a number of insights regarding how people feel about the “dad bod” overall, including how the sentiment compares year over year. For example, over 23 million men identify as having one – similar to those who said the same in 2018 – but this year more men believe that there is universal acceptance of the “dad bod” than in 2018 (71 percent vs. 63 percent). Both men and women associate the body type with positive traits as demonstrated by new survey insights, including:
- Body Positivity on the Rise. More men with a “dad bod” this year in comparison to last year say:
- They are happier with their body (79 percent vs. 64 percent);
- Having that body type has improved their life in some way (72 percent vs. 62 percent);
- A “dad bod” has made them more relaxed (46 percent vs. 37 percent).
- Boosted Self-Esteem. Men who say their “dad bod” has improved their life this year claim their body type has helped them accept themselves (48 percent) or made them less concerned with their appearance (47 percent).
- Confidence is King. Nearly four in five among both women and men (78 percent) believe a “dad bod” is a sign of a man who is confident in his own skin.
- Yes, Please. More Americans say the “dad bod” is attractive (65 percent vs. 57 percent), men with a “dad bod” are sexy (61 percent vs. 51 percent) and the “dad bod” is the new six-pack (51 percent vs. 41 percent) this year compared to last year.
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