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Why The Dad Bod Is The New Sexy (And Why Girls Are Starting To Dig It)

Who would've expected that the term "father figure" would become cool?
by John Paulo Aguilera | May 6, 2015
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In this era of #Fitspiration and ab-tastic selfies, a new lifestyle trend is literally (and unexpectedly!) bulging its way into social media prominence.

Introducing...the dad bod.

The term, attributed to Clemson University sophomore Mackenzie Pearson, who used it in her essay, "Why Girls Love The Dad Bod", refers to a body type which is "a nice balance between a beer gut and working out."

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According to Pearson, if this kind of physique can talk, it would proudly say, "I go to the gym occasionally, but I also drink heavily on the weekends and enjoy eating eight slices of pizza at a time." In our case, "Isang bucket at isang order ng sisig after ko mag-gym!"

The burgeoning craze comes at a time when pressure to hit the gym is seemingly at an all-time high, with post-workout selfies being all the rage. Features about the trend even mention celebrities who couldn't care less about eight-packs, highlighting  dad bod idols like...


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That's just Leo's ex-girlfriend, Victoria's Secret model, Toni Garrn. U mad?

Some dudes even put up an Instagram account in honor of the dad bod:

It's upon us...


BuzzFeed News was able to get in touch with Pearson, and the 19-year-old psychology major shared that she wasn't the one who came up with the term and that she just heard it from some of her friends. She said it was their common love for the dad bod that spurred her to write the now-trending piece, which explains why the dad bod is such a come-on for them.

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I got a lot of kisses from a puppy so today was a good day. #joy ☀️❤️

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Pearson believes chicks dig men with the said body type because "He isn’t worried about being perfect. He's someone who knows who he is and loves his body." Amen!

And she has definitely made her daddy proud as the essay was very well-received by him and his friends, who said, "Your daughter made me feel proud of my body for the first time in years." We can relate!

So blessed to have these two. #family #nofilter

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Some deem the dad bod as an excuse for not wanting to work out or staying unhealthy, while others think it's about time for society to embrace the norm and not be subjected to mainstream media stereotypes. There are also those who point out the double standard it creates for women and their bodies.

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As for us here at FHM HQ, well, to each his own, but we're definitely loving the positive attention our beer bellies are getting!

So FHM Nation, what's it going to be?

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