Yes, the dad bod is now scientifically pinned in a Northwestern University study conducted on a nationally representative sample.
We’ve heard about it for a while, it’s been flaunted in many images taking media by storm and it is quite the attraction it seems. The dad bod is indeed an endearing physical condition, mirroring the father’s bond with the child according to the research.
Featuring in the American Journal of Men’s Health, the study was conducted on a representative sample of 10,623 fathers and men who are not fathers alike. It spanned 20 years of research and led to the conclusion that most men, as most women, gain weight during the mother’s pregnancy and after the child is born.
What are the factors underpinning weight gain in their case? It didn’t make the scope of the study, but jokingly, professor Craig Garfield of the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University and lead author of the study said that his guilty pleasure was eating the leftover cheese pizza off his children’s plates.
Whatever it is, it is a fact. Dad bods are in and are scientifically proven to exist. Following-up the men over 20 years and keeping an eye on BMI, physical activity, stress factors and other markers that could indicate weight gain, the dad bod hypothesis started to shape up.
For the typically 6-foot-tall man, the weight gain amounted to 4.4 pounds on average after the child was born. If the man did not live with the child, the weight gain amounted to 3.3 pounds. In the case of men who did not have children, the average weight loss this time was 1.4 pounds.
The research also underlined that perhaps the dad bod, flaunted as it is recently, might also be an indicator of future obesity. From this perspective, perhaps children’s clinicians should take the opportunity of a father visiting with his child to have a head-to-head discussion about health and obesity risks.
Not that anyone wants the dad bod ousted, but a high BMI, indicative of overweight or obesity may creep up before anyone knows it.
Men might come from Mars, while women come from Venus, yet, we’re equal in the face of childbirth and child raising. Men, as women, undergo hormonal shifts when expecting their child to come to the world and after it is born.
Testosterone levels drop, prolactin levels go up and caretaking takes a whole new dimension. Father are happier than their childless peers, they are more motivated to work, be better employees, bring more money.
Other studies have shown how married men are in fact happier, are more satisfied with their sex-life, they are richer and generally healthier.
So the dad bod bodes well with science and the general well-being of fathers. Just a little lookout on the weight gain not creeping up is recommended.
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