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'Dad bod’ is the most preferred body type by singles, survey finds

By SAAB LARIOSA Published Mar 26, 2021 6:20 pm

Move over, 6-packs and chiseled abs! The so-called “dad bod” is now apparently preferred by majority of singles.

According to a survey conducted by online matching site dating.com, 75% of single people would choose someone with more fats and love handles than the usually toned physique.

Participated by 2,000 single people who answered via email, the survey asked what their preferred body type for a partner was, what they looked for in a partner, and what body type they considered themselves to have. 

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Dating.com did not break down the demographics of the participants, but it’s important to remember that having a “dad bod” isn’t just reserved for men, as it’s become an umbrella term for a body that doesn’t conform to societal expectations.

Speaking with Business Insider India, dating.com vice president Maria Sullivan said that the rise of the body positivity movement amid the pandemic could be the reason for this shift in preference.

Singles are now spending less time worrying about the way their body looks and spending more time getting to know other singles without feeling self-conscious about the way they look.

"Singles are beginning to embrace more body types as they know the struggle of staying in shape during the pandemic," Sullivan said.

 "Dad bods are bringing a whole new level of confidence and body positivity to singles as others are beginning to embrace and prefer a more common body type than the fit and chiseled figure. Singles are now spending less time worrying about the way their body looks and spending more time getting to know other singles without feeling self-conscious about the way they look."