For all you guys out there who think that girls are impressed by weightlifting and "getting swole," new research might have you dropping the weights and lifting junk food instead, because, apparently, ladies love themselves some "Dad Bod."
According to Richard Bribiescas, professor of anthropology at Yale University, middle-aged men who are described as being "pudgy" are actually healthier than their testosterone-driven counterparts in their 20s and 30s. The study suggests that, not only do those "pudgier" men live longer, but they're also more attractive to the opposite sex, per Newsweek.
In his research, Professor Bribiescas claims there is evidence that older, slightly chubby men are less likely to suffer from heart attacks and prostate cancer. He also argues that becoming more podgy makes dads more likely to invest their time in their children rather than looking for other women, while the increased levels of fat could make them more attractive to women.
In How Men Age, Bribiescas states: “One effect of lower testosterone levels is loss of muscle mass and increases in fat mass. This change in body consumption not only causes men to shop for more comfortable pants but also facilitates increased survivorship and, hypothetically, a hormonal milieu that would more effectively promote and support paternal investment.”
So while we all may think that women want their men to be buff and toned up, Bribiescas' research begs to differ, offering up the chance for all of us to balance a couple gym hours per week with pure debauchery on the weekends. Sounds like the perfect way to live life, in our personal opinion.