'Dad Bods' Are Sexier Than Six-Packs, Study Says

June 18, 2019

Apparently, doing crunches isn’t all it’s cracked up to be!

A new survey by Planet Fitness has revealed more Americans prefer a guy with a “dad bod” to a someone with rippling abs. For those that aren’t familiar,  a “dad bod” is a slang term for a physique somewhere between a beer belly and a six-pack - think your actual dad. 

National health club chain Planet Fitness commissioned the study which measured the attitudes of over 2,000 men and women and found that more and more males are self-identifying as having a “dad bod.”

The results indicated that 65% of men and women find a dad bod attractive, and 61% think a man with a fatherly figure is sexy. Most surprising was the discovery that more than half believe a dad bod is sexier than a ripped, lean stomach. Stop doing crunches!

But the results also went beyond the physical, as there were mental perks of not having the abs of a Marvel super hero, too. Nearly 80% of men said they were happier with their dad bods, while 78% of men and women think a dad bod is a sign of being confident in your own skin. Body positivity is a good thing.

Despite the findings, which could inspire some gym-goers to want to quit their memberships, Planet Fitness says they are pleased with the results.

“As home of the Judgement Free Zone, we're proud to offer a comfortable environment for all of our members, regardless of body type," Planet Fitness said in a statement. “Planet Fitness is challenging everyone, and not just dads, to be comfortable in their own skin and accept others for who they are."

Now that’s a healthy regimen to follow - regardless of body type!