Why You Should Be Embarrassed By Your Dad Bod

Posted by Brendan Beaulieu on

I may be late to the party on this one, but I just can’t keep my mouth shut over the celebration of mediocrity that is the dad bod.  It may seem easier in the short term to just accept your body in its current wretched form, especially when nearly every new age media outlet encourages you to, but doing so amounts to you spitting in the face of who you ultimately could be.

Practically speaking, you’re sacrificing your health and longevity to “maintain” (I use this term so very loosely) your shit physique just because it’s trendy and you think the fact that you have a family is a valid excuse.  It doesn’t take a genius, especially when you have internet access, to know that increased abdominal fat carries a number of health risks in men. The bigger the belly, the more visceral fat there is surrounding your organs. The more visceral fat, the more likely you are to suffer from cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, and even type 2 diabetes.  

What’s even more appalling is that losing belly fat and the flab is so damn easy.  Stop eating like a pig, quit chugging beer and Caramel Mochas, hell, even go for a walk or ride a bike a few times a week, and you’ll be absolutely amazed at how your belly shrinks away.  If you have the means to do it (and be honest with yourself, you know damn well that you do) and you choose not to, you’re just a bum and the only reason your wife is ok with it is because she’s probably a bum too.

You’re not just screwing yourself over physically with this loser physique, either.  It's not like you're downing beer after beer because you're happy. You’re probably suffering mentally as well but you either don’t realize or you actually do, but you refuse to accept it because that means you’d actually have to confront the fact that you aren’t who you could truly be.  It has been shown time and time again that where the body goes, so goes the mind and vice versa. When you push yourself physically, you also push yourself mentally. In time, you will be amazed at how much easier it is to perform at work and in your social life. Replace the binge drinking with something constructive.

Ultimately, celebrating or even just accepting your own mediocrity is embarrassing.  I’ve lost count of all the men I’ve spoken to with this ridiculous physique who work in an office all day, go home and eat a few thousand calories and play video games then wonder why they’re so unhappy with themselves.  Your life’s purpose should be the constant pursuit of becoming your best self. Get your shit together and become the man you have the potential to be.