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Benefits of the ‘dad bod’

A Yale professor unpacks why fathers should not be afraid to gain a little flab.

Picking up a bit of flab after one enters into fatherhood is possibly one of the best things you could do for your health and family.

According to Richard Bribiescas, professor of anthropology at Yale University, older fathers who pick up weight because of decreasing muscle mass actually live longer, are more attractive to the opposite sex and are more effective at passing on their genes in comparison with fitness fanatics.

These men are less likely to have a heart attack or prostrate cancer. Additionally, Bribiescas said flabby fathers are more likely to invest their time in their children instead of looking for another women.

This research follows the “dad bod” trend, in which middle-aged men are praised for their pudgy physiques.

However, countering research was released by Cambridge University last year, which found that a woman searching for a father for her children should choose a long-distance runner, because of their low levels of fat and likeliness to have a stronger sex drive and higher sperm count.

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