THE media would have you believe that women for the most part are attracted to men who rock six- packs; however, online research out of the United States is pointing to another reality. Results from a study commissioned by Planet Fitness, one of the largest and fastest-growing franchisors and operators of fitness centres in the US, released in June, shows that men with a little extra weight — “dad bods” — are more widely perceived to be self-confident, committed to their jobs and have happy marriages.
In fact, Planet Fitness said close to seven in 10 women surveyed found “dad bods” attractive, and 78 per cent of women felt men with dad bods were confident in their own skin. Close to half of women (47 per cent) even believed dad bods are the new six-pack, and 83 per cent of mothers would be proud to have a husband with a dad bod.
Does the same obtain locally? Does the Jamaican woman go for the gym buff, or the teddy bear type with the pillowy gut that will cushion her at night?
Chelsea C, single:
I love a guy with some muscles. Dad bods aren't for me.
Tanya L, married:
All my life I've preferred larger men. They are more protective, softer, gentler, like huge Teddy bears. There's just more of them to love. Give me a man with love handles over a gym freak any day.
Chris-Ann B, married:
I really don't mind if my hubby turns into a dad bod, as long as he isn't too out of shape to the point where his health is at risk.
Sonia W, single:
Fat man make better partners. The men who place less emphasis on their six packs and the size of their arms have more time to wow you with kindness and affection. I've found this to be true in all my relationships, and my future husband will be a big, cuddly guy.
Toni C, married:
My husband has a little fluff and I don't mind. We are very happy. It doesn't get in the way of anything.
Olivia T, single:
My guy is fit to the 'T', abs and all, but I wouldn't be upset if he lost it, as long as he eats right and doesn't gain too much weight that would make him ill.
Simone K, single:
I dated someone with muscles and he was conceited. He was too full of himself and boastful about everything, including his physique. So I'd rather a dad bod who is humble. I can't bother with another Mr Conceited. Too much obsession with looks is for women.
Camille H, single:
Not a thing is wrong with dad bods. But we are living in a time where our foods are filled with all sorts of chemicals and preservatives that are harmful. So dad bods shouldn't let go of themselves entirely just because they have the ladies. They should watch what they eat.