By Alfonzo Chavez

Social media has been swirling about a new “trend” called dadbod. But what is a dadbod? According to, the owner of a dadbod lives his life accordingly: “I go to the gym occasionally, but I also drink heavily on the weekends and enjoy eating eight slices of pizza at a time.”

Basically it’s a way of saying you’re kind of trying to stay in somewhat decent shape, but kind of not. So what is it that defines dadbod? From what we’re able to observe, it’s pretty much anyone who doesn’t have a six pack but still has a decent lower-body, shoulders and arms.

So congratulations to everyone between ripped and morbidly obese. You have a dadbod. Some would call it average but it doesn’t mean you are.

Is this a bad thing? It really depends. On the bright side, you’re probably in decent enough shape to run around with your kids (or nieces and nephews) or your friends on the field. And you’re also in pretty good company. Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen and Leonardo DiCaprio are a few examples of someone with a dadbod.

Up until this spring, you have been called stocky or beefy. But here are other, less universal categories:

*   The Bear. This means you may already have a group of admirers but this may require you to be kind of hairy at a bare minimum. You may be a muscle bear, too.

*   The Daddy. Another group that has a very broad appeal. Who doesn’t want a partner they can count on and who is financially stable (for the most part)?

*   Jock/Gym Bunny. This is probably among the most popular, at least to look at. Yes, there are people with dadbods who can fall into this category – there are some very muscular men out there who aren’t ripped.

You may even be all three. Go to a softball or rugby tournament, for example, and you’ll find many of the athletes do fall into at least two of these categories.

But the bottom line question is this – what does this mean to me? It means that you’re doing you. Some people will find you attractive and some won’t … just like any other body type. What really matters is that you are comfortable in your own skin being who you really are. That’s what really makes a man attractive.


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