Take your pick — Zac Efron or the more relaxed figure of Jon Hamm? What about Leo DiCaprio versus Ryan Gosling?
Well, according to a professor from Yale University, women should go in search of meaty men — also known as the Dad bod — because these blokes are likely to live longer and have stronger immune systems.
Now, if you’re not down with the lingo — and are having trouble defining what a ‘Dad bod’ actually looks like. Here’s some guidance, thanks to the Urban Dictionary.
A Dad bod is “a guy who has kids and was once in shape and still has guns that can crush beer cans but also with a belly that says I drank those beers and I can eat six slices of pizza in one seating.”
Richard Bribiescas, professor of anthropology at Yale University, said the testosterone levels of middle-aged men tend to decrease, which causes loss of muscle and increased fat mass. This means that these blokes sporting a Dad bod are more likely to pass on their genes to offspring and even fight off illnesses.
In an interview with The Telegraph, Professor Bribiescas said “Macho makes you sick” and that the “Hollywood image of the swaggering, dashing man dispatching bad guys and carrying the day conjures up a perception of indestructibility.”
“While men are on average larger and physically stronger than women, men have a considerable weakness,” he added.
“We have a harder time fighting off infections and illness compared with women, and … men simply do not take care of themselves.”
According to the research, the Dad bod is also more attractive to women, and also more likely to invest time in their children rather than looking for other women.
“This change in body composition not only causes men to shop for more comfortable trousers but also facilitates increased survivorship and, hypothetically, a hormonal milieu that would more effectively promote and support paternal investment,” Professor Bribiescas said.
But take of it what you will, because Professor Bribiescas’ theory shouldn’t be taken as a call for all men to stop hitting the gym and eating well, because internal health is important to maintain, whether or not it’s reflected in a person’s physique.
But I guess if blokes to find themselves getting a little softer around the edges as they age, it’s not such a bad thing.
This article was originally published on news.com.au