Sorry Internet, Here’s 9 Actual Dad Bods to Admire

If you’ve been on the internet any time in the last six months (and let’s be real, if you haven’t, you wouldn’t be reading this), then you’re probably familiar with the “dad bod” craze. Essentially, a blogger mentioned that she likes guys who are a couple pounds overweight and it broke the internet.

Now normally we’d be onboard with this kind of thing, but the hundreds of articles that followed distorted what seemed like a perfectly obvious term. Dad bod, one would think, should refer to men who look like they could be someone’s dad (which just so happens to be our kinda guy). The internet did not agree.

This guy made a music video parody of “Bad Blood” to proclaim his dad bod:

Look, we’re not the type to tell people how to self-identify, but no sane human would label that man fat. He CLEARLY has body dysmorphia. This is not dad bod.

Some website wants us to think Channing Tatum in anything but Magic Mike shape is dad bod:

Yup, when I think out-of-shape daddy type, that pretty much what comes to mind.

LifeHack more recently proclaimed the dad bod craze over in this article:

First of all, that guy practically has a “V”. Secondly he looks like a freshman in college. And thirdly, this article was written by some garbage dietician trying to sell advice to college freshman who want a V.

Why does any of this matter? Well, we take this personally because we are lifelong dad bod connaissours, not Johnny-come-latelys. Growing up, whether it was the dad bods of our favorite TV sitcoms, or the dad bods bared at the beach every summer, or simply our friend’s dad’s actual bods—we were into it.

We’re tired of seeing anemic men proclaimed as dad bod. So without further ado, here’s 9 actual dad bods to lust over:

1. John Goodman

For nine seasons he was America’s dad. Chubby, handsome and lovable, John Goodman was a TV dad who looked like actual, real-life dads. And consequently he was a first crush for thousands of young bears and chasers around the world.

2. Reginald VelJohnson

And while we’re on the topic of 90s TV dads with dad bods, we’d be remiss not to mention Reginald VelJohnson, aka Carl Winslow. It doesn’t get much better than a mature chubby man in uniform. Take note, internet!

3. Mark Addy

Long before he was the King of Westeros, Mark Addy was rocking his dad bod in the Full Monty. THIS is what happens when you eat snacks, guy-from-that-awful-Bad-Blood-music-video-whose-name-we-don’t-know!

4. Gabriel Iglesias

Even with his recent weight-loss, Gabriel Iglesias’s fluffy form still screams dad bod. Just look at that Tommy Bahama shirt and jean shorts. Dad.

5. William Howard Taft

Yeah, we’re going old-shchool. America’s 27th President was nicknamed Big Lub, but he might as well have been named Dad-Bod-in-Chief. Sure, President Obama is sporting a couple extra pounds, but Taft beats every other president pound for dad-bod pound.

6. Prince Fielder

Prince Fielder made headlines last year when his decidedly not-fit form was displayed on the cover of Sports Illustrated. It’s true, he looks more like a coach than a player, but that only makes him more of a dad bod symbol. Keep up the good work, Prince!

7. Eric Stonestreet

Eric Stonestreet won us over with his portrayal of a tender gay dad on Modern Family. A gay character on mainstream TV with dad bod? Morepleaseandthankyouverymuch.

8. Craig Robinson

Craig’s rockin dad bod first caught our attention on The Office, but was sealed when we finally saw him disrobe in Hot Tub Time Machine. Here’s to you, Mr. Robinson.

9. Kevin James

The King of Queens was always one of our top dad bod role models, but when he decided to grow a beard, he made bears across America swoon. This right here, internet? This is dad bod.




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