Ever since I read about this “Dad Bod” obsession that was started by Mackenzie Pearson, a 19-year old college student, who wrote about it for the Clemson Odyssey, I kind of started calling my husband Dad Bod as a nickname.
If you’re not familiar with what a Dad Bod is, according to Vox.com it’s ” a male body type that is best described as “softly round.” It’s built upon the theory that once a man has found a mate and fathered a child, he doesn’t need to worry about maintaining a sculpted physique.”
So, here’s the thing – Usually, I call him Dad or Daddy, instead of by his first name, just so that our kids also refer to him as Dad, and not his actual name. I conveniently started tacking “Bod” onto the end of Dad, and viola! He had a new pet name. Of course, I meant it in the most affectionate way…
My husband, however, didn’t think so. He took it as an insult. He thought I was calling him out for not being in the same physical shape as he was when we first met. The truth is, he isn’t…and I have never thought he was hotter than I do now.
Why I think Dad Bod = Rad Bod
What my husband failed to realize is that Dad Bod actually rocks. Why?
1. Dad Bod means he is hanging out with his kids on Saturday morning instead of spending hours at the gym. He’s taking us to the beach, playing at the park with our boys, and just being present with our family.
2. Dad Bod is a Rad Bod because it means that he works extremely hard at work (which is not a physical job) to provide for our family. He puts in long hours at the office, wakes up super early, and comes home late. He is making sure that we have what we need.
3. Dad Bod means that he is focused on our family as a whole, instead of himself as an individual.
4. Having a Dad Bod means that he is a DAD!! Which means that I am obsessed with him for making me a MOM!! I mean, come on, How much more rad can you get?!
With that said, I did spend a decent amount of time to lose a lot of weight after I had our children. I was overweight, and needed to change. So, I’m not saying that men with a Dad Bod physique shouldn’t workout. It’s obviously in everyone’s best interest to stay healthy.
I also don’t think that Dad Bod is an excuse to eat a whole pizza, drink a whole case of beer, and chalk it up to being a super-hot baby maker, even if you’re a super-hot baby makin’ man. I’m just saying that a man with a Dad Bod shows that he is dedicated to his family, and puts them first, above being dedicated to his body. NOTHING, in my book, is more rad than a man who puts his family first.
So, to my Dad Bod: I love you more than the world. Thank you for being an amazing husband and wonderful example to our boys of what a father and man should be. Dad Bod, and all.
That is great! Submit it to Huff! Love it!
Thanks so much, Kristen! <3