After a hiatus I am going to be posting a little more here – and in bigger news I’ll be starting a Facebook page soon that revolves around a book I am working on – but more on this later.
So we have seen an increasing fascination with men’s bodies over the past decades, an unveiling of the invisible fat man that a couple of nifty Australia-based sociologists wrote about in 2007. Surprisingly this isn’t actually that new – there was a bit of concern over the expanding waistlines of men post WWII for instance.
What is really obvious is how these changing attitudes preserve the dignity of the fat male body in ways that doesn’t happen so readily with women. The #dadbod meme seems to be another example of this, basically men posting pictures of their post-kids bodies in retaliation at the ridiculous requirement to be ‘buff’.
The Herald.co.nz has this article today reporting research that claims to have found empirical evidence for #dadbod, and I quote:
Weight gain differed for dads who lived with their children (“resident dads”) and those who didn’t. First-time resident dads experienced an average 2.6 per cent increase in their BMIs over the study period. Non-resident dads experienced 2 per cent increase. That translates to nearly a 2kg weight gain for a 1.8m tall dad who lives with his child and a 1.5kg gain for a non-resident dad. Meanwhile, a similar 1.8m man who had no kids? He lost 600g.
No shit. So the baby turns up and suddenly you have a whole truckload of stuff to do that isn’t pumping iron, flexing in mirrors or puffing through 20km runs and so your body increases slightly in size. Who gives a shit? seriously? The smoking gun in the research is this:
The findings underscore the need to focus on preventive strategies for new dads, especially since a father’s weight can also influence children’s health outcomes, researchers write.
Huh? If a 2.6% increase in BMI is all the researchers found then that calls for absolutely no need for preventative strategies at all – it calls for a round of applause for the dads who realise what is important and what is not AND a round of applause for the fact that men’s bodies that are not ‘buff’ are still celebrated in the mainstream and not yet villainised like women’s bodies.
In sum: Celebrate #dadbod!