Study Shows “Dadbods” Are A Thing, But I’m Still Putting A Moratorium On The Subject

A new study from Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine has confirmed that “dadbod” really is a thing, medically speaking, at least insofar as when men become fathers, they tend to gain weight. This is what they’re paying their doctors to do. Good lord, Northwestern.

Anyway, I’m sure this is incredibly medically important or whatever, but my beef is mostly with TIME for framing the story about this study around the completely bullshit idea, dreamt up by a Clemson sophomore who, honestly, never should have sought publication for her article because now it’s going to be the first thing anyone thinks of when they hear the name Mackenzie Pearson, that “dadbods” are what women really want in men.

Shame on you, TIME. Shame, shame, shame. No one should be talking about dadbod anymore. Let’s just talk about the fact that dads gain weight in parenthood, too, and not make it a body image thing. My feelings about dadbod remain best illustrated by the chart below.

frisky dadbod flowchart


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