What Is the ‘Dad Bod’ and Why Is It All the Rage?
Washboard abs? Out. Huge muscles? No thanks. This is the body that's in demand.
It's called the dad bod and if you're looking for a definition, then look no further than this article by a student at Clemson, who unofficially got the ball rolling with the craze:
The dad bod says, 'I go to the gym occasionally, but I also drink heavily on the weekends and enjoy eating eight slices of pizza at a time.' It's not an overweight guy, but it isn't one with washboard abs, either."
It's a trend and all trends eventually peter out like a bottle of Poland Spring at the water cooler. Sadly, that means the day when women yearn for guys with six-packs will come back 'round, but for now the everyman can rejoice in being, well, the everyman.
If the dad bod phenomenon ends -- and it will -- let's hope it doesn't give way to other more outlandish ones. The granddad bod, with a senior citizen hunched over at a 90-degree angle rocking suspenders to hold up pants pulled up to the nipples, is just not a good look for anyone.
Or, heaven forbid the dad sense of humor becomes a thing. We can't imagine a scenario where people will find knock knock jokes you tell to a waiter you don't even know will ever be cool.