A funny thing happened on the way to getting in the best shape of my life. I accidentally got fat and sexy. No, I didn’t just become lazy. No, I didn’t have a baby since I already have three. No, I didn’t get married, that was a year away. I ruptured my calf cleaning out the car of all things. So here I am fit looking, but by medical standards obese. Now, bodies like mine have been labeled “dad bods” and the Internet is going crazy applauding the image. This has me uncomfortable, because my “dad bod” could kill me.
Most dads are well over 20 years old and according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we are in the age bracket where health problems start becoming as common as happy hours. Also dad bods are 10 pounds heavier than non-dad bods, according to the CDC.
Ok, so we know “Average Dad-Bod Joe” is already in more health dangers than women and more likely to have heart problems. “Average Dad-Bod Joe” is likely to go to the doctor less than women, drinks more alcohol than most women and naturally doesn’t do as much around the house as women. He moves less, in many cases eats more and is now being championed as lazy, but is fine with his heart-hardening, artery-clogging flab.
Encouraging dads to let themselves go is suicide and the Internet perpetuating the dad-bod image is genocide. This is a deliberate killing of a large group of people, especially of a particular group aka dads! Maybe a tad extreme, but I want to be around for my kids and become an example in mind, body and spirit. Don’t kill the image of a healthy dad since your kids need to see that. Dads influence the well-being, the decision making and eating habits of their children. If you are bringing junk foods into the house guess who else will be eating it? If you are not exercising and showcasing the importance of outdoor activities then guess who will be become lazy and zoned out with the electronics? Your kids.
Children are sponges. Do we really want them to soak up the trails of fat and slime as we slowly Jabba the Hut our way to an unhealthy model? You can “dad bod” until you fall off the face of the earth but for my fit fathers, now is not a time to be joking around with the lives of our future generations.
June is National Men’s Health Month and what better time to control your dad-bod. Take the Fit Fathers Day pledge today and can commit to the few simple steps to put you on path towards a fit “dad bod,” one that isn’t a fad.