Dad bod

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Dad bod is a slang term in popular culture referring to a body shape particular to middle-aged men. The phrase has been adopted in U.S. culture to refer to a male who was once particularly lean or fit, but over time has gained an excessive amount of body fat, typically around the waist, leading to a "beer belly". The arms, legs, and chest are usually still toned.


Mackenzie Pearson, a student at Clemson University, was the first to publish the term in a 2015 article titled "Why Girls Love The Dad Bod" on the crowdsourced publication platform Odyssey,[1] but does not claim to have invented it, having heard it in many different social circles.[2] Pearson routinely posted essays on her Odyssey account[3][4] and soon started making them humorous.

The Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode covering Colossus and the Headhunters in 1994 used a similar phrase: "That's an assortment of dad bodies, huh."

Public conversation[edit]

After Pearson's essay went viral, it was picked up by news media, including MSN,[5] New York Daily News,[6] The Washington Post,[7] and Slate.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Pearson, Mackenzie (2015-03-30). "Why Girls Love The Dad Bod". The Odyssey Online. Retrieved 2021-08-11.
  2. ^ McNeal, Stephanie (2015-05-03). "Meet The 19-Year-Old College Student Who Told The World About The "Dadbod"". BuzzFeedNews. Retrieved 2019-06-26.
  3. ^ "Mackenzie Pearson". 2014-10-15. Retrieved 2016-10-20.
  4. ^ Pearson, Mackenzie (2015-03-30). "Why Girls Love The Dad Bod". The Odyssey Online. Retrieved 2016-10-20.
  5. ^ "Beer bellies are in, biceps are out: introducing the 'Dad Bod'". 2015-05-08. Retrieved 2016-10-20.
  6. ^ Engel, Meredith (2015-05-07). "Why women are lusting after dudes with 'dad bod'". NY Daily News. Retrieved 2016-10-20.
  7. ^ Holley, Peter (2015-05-11). "I have a dad bod. Here's why women love it". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2016-10-20.
  8. ^ Hess, Amanda (2015-04-30). "What is the Dad Bod? America's leading expert explains". Retrieved 2016-10-20.