If you’ve been worrying about how to get rid of the extra pounds around your waist in time to sport your summer body, you’re in luck — you don’t have to. According to a new Planet Fitness study, women actually prefer the dad bod over six-pack abs.
The results of the planet fitness study suggest that women are still being driven wild by a bit of extra pudge. The survey, commissioned by athletic gurus Planet Fitness and conducted by public opinion pollsters Kelton Global, recently revealed that, contrary to what you might have believed, women actually prefer their men with a bit of a belly on them.
Jessica Correa, a senior executive in Planet Fitness’ marketing department, had a few words of encouragement regarding the stunning findings.
In her words: “Our survey results show the majority of people think positively about dad bods, and men who identify as having them are proud of who they are,” Correa said. “That’s exactly how we want all of our members to feel when they come to Planet Fitness.”
As it turns out, according to the study, over three-quarters of women – or 78 percent – feel that men who rep dad bods are a little more comfortable in their own skin, displaying a striking (and alluring) amount of body confidence. That’s certainly encouraging for the fellas out there who are packing away the pizza like they’re teenagers.
Beyond that, a few other vital statistics stand out. A whopping 83 percent of mothers (making it a nearly unanimous vote among a certain subset of the ladies) said that they would be proud to have a husband with a dad bod. Whether this speaks to the current level of fitness of the man they fell in love with – and still love – or a wider trend of body positivity remains to be hashed out. And nearly half of all women surveyed admitted to believing that the dad bod was essentially the new hotness, replacing the popular six-pack abs of yesteryear.
It may seem counterintuitive for a company that operates gymnasiums to be pushing the idea that it’s OK to be a bit sedentary or out of shape, but Correa doesn’t see their survey results that way at all.
In her words: “We want our members to know they will never be judged while working out,” Correa said. “So on Father’s Day this year, we thought it would be fun to look at how men and women – parents or not – feel about the dad bod.”
Ultimately, it seems like the company is keeping with modern themes of acceptance, tolerance, and loving the body you’ve been gifted. As long as you’re happy (and healthy), there’s nothing wrong with your dad bod — or being proud of it.