Dad bod: noun; as far as definitions go, nobody puts it better than Urban Dictionary: “If human bodies were cuts of meat, the dad bod would skew more marbled rib eye than filet mignon.” More present-day Leonardo DiCaprio than Channing Tatum. Chris Pratt before Guardians of the Galaxy (what happened?) Dad bod is currently dividing the internet into polar opposites – are you pro or con?
It’s not a new thing…
According to the archives of the internet, the definition for dad bod was created in 2009, but when you think about it, there have been dad bods probably just as long as there have been dads. Apparently it’s pure science: the ‘fatherhood effect’ was calculated to be an average of 4.4 pounds (about 2 kilos) – according to the scientists the focus moves from taking care of yourself to taking care of your new family.
But, you say, Leo for example doesn’t have any kids? And the hotly-contested argument stating that a dad bod actually helps women not to feel insecure about their bodies may make most people frown when you look at his girlfriends (John Oliver made a passing joke about it, just try not to cringe). One online theory has it that Leo’s dad bod is actually the result of his ex-girlfriend’s current husband’s revenge. Far-fetched and a complete joke, but a fairly funny one. A more plausible theory is summarized here:
(Not) everybody loves the dad bod
Ok, like all things, dad bod should be enjoyed in moderation: it is a reality that serious overweight results in health problems which is why doctors aren’t hugely enthusiastic about the possibility of a trend becoming a chronic condition. Men’s fitness magazines are vehemently against the dad bod (well, it kind of is an anathema for them and their circulation figures), but rather than resorting to body-shaming and telling people what they may or may not like, one would prefer to remain dispassionately objective on the matter.
There’s also one camp saying dad bod is fundamentally a sexist atrocity – because why should it be ok for men to have less-than-washboard-abs and demand that all women look like this… but at least the good thing about dad bod becoming the talk of the town is that it’s brought attention to the issue!
The Euro Palace approach…
Our take? Live and let live – at Euro Palace game heroes and heroines come in all shapes and sizes, and we’re looking forward to getting even more diverse casino game characters in our games selection. It’s about enjoying life and your games, after all.
(If you happen to be worried about your dad bod becoming more than a little round, you can consider our slots-themed workouts… combine them with casino gaming between sets and you’ve got a good interval training plan ready!)