I can no longer deny it: #dadbod is here to stay, at least for another month or so, which is forever in Internet time. (I can only bring myself to write it as #dadbod – with the hashtag – because in my mind it only exists as a social media thing.)
The Upshot has made #dadbod a bit less of a meme and more of a real thing by quantifying it with actual data. But before we get to that, I want to remind you of two things:
2. As Tim Pope points out, the correct phrase should have been “father figure.”
what idiot called it dadbod and not father figure
— Tim Pope (@tpope) May 19, 2015
So, according to the Upshot, here’s the math behind #dadbod.
– Dads on average are 10 pounds heavier than non-dads
– Dads are carrying nearly an extra two inches on their waist
– Their bellies stick out an extra half-inch
– Dads don’t mind their extra weight
– Despite their extra 10 pounds, “nearly as many dads described themselves as being ‘about the right weight’ as those who are not dads.
– When asked their ideal weight, “dads volunteered a number that was five pounds heavier than what non-dads did.”
Notably, fathers don’t seem to be making an effort to fight their father figure. 70% said they hadn’t tried to lose weight in the previous year