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 as a celebration of this particular type of physique, with references generally skewing toward a positive and light-hearted tone. This masculine body type is a cross between somewhat muscular and overweight physiques.


Mackenzie Pearson, a student at Clemson University, was the first to publish the term, but does not claim to have invented it, having heard it in many different social circles.[1] Pearson routinely posted essays on her Odyssey account[2][3] and soon started making them humorous. In a Twitter interview she was asked for the reason she had uploaded the essay. "I wrote it with as a humor piece originally. My roommate and another one of my friends were in a group called ourselves the 'dad bod squad' and I thought it would be funny to elaborate on what a dad bod was. A lot of guys at my school looked like it so I just built it based off my guy friends and what they did. Originally it was a joke for my circle of friends".[This quote needs a citation]

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 widely[citation needed] picked up by news media, including MSN,[4] New York Daily News,[5], The Washington Post[6], and Slate.[7]

See also[edit]


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