Men with average bodies became a celebrated part of pop culture in 2015 with the arrival of the term dad bod.
A Clemson University student’s viral essay described the appeal of the dad bod physique. It shows a “nice balance between a beer gut and working out” — “not an overweight guy, but isn’t one with washboard abs either.”
But just because an idea is having its pop culture moment in the sun doesn’t mean it’s healthy. Extra fat around your middle is a warning sign for health risks.
In one study, researchers discovered that the key word here is definitely dad — one source of the dad bod is unique to men with children.
A study published in American Journal of Men’s Health revealed that fathers saw their BMI increase BMI over 20 years, compared to a BMI decrease in men with no children. Also, fathers who lived with their kids saw a slightly higher increase than those who did not.
The editors of “Eat This, Not That!” came up with six ways to combat dad bod:
Salem Health has plenty of options for increasing your fitness — and ultimately saying bye-bye to the dad bod.
Try a fun exercise class available through the CHEC. Courses offerings vary throughout the year and range from Yoga Basics (low impact) to Lunch Hour Power (high intensity).More information is available here or call the CHEC at 503-814-2432.