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Is Your “Dad Bod” Healthy?

Brian Grilli
Restorative Fitness Coach

So fellas, have you settled into a “Dad Bod” where you’re sporting a bit of extra fat around your middle?

While some women claim to find the “Dad Bod” attractive and view this physique as reflecting a man’s attention to spending time with his family versus paying attention to how he looks — this body type actually poses serious health risks.

The truth is, a man being fit and healthy relates to him being around to care for himself and his family for the long term.

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Having a “Dad Bod” usually means that your visceral fat storage is high and unhealthy. Visceral fat is found in the abdominal cavity, and it can interfere with important internal organs, such as the pancreas, liver and intestines.


Visceral fat is also associated with an increased risk of serious health issues:

Type 2 diabetes

Disrupted hormone function

Heart disease

Colorectal cancer

Alzheimer’s disease

High blood pressure

What simple things can you do?

  1. Improve your diet. You can’t out-exercise a bad diet.
  2. Get plenty of quality sleep.
  3. Find a healthy way to deal with stress.
  4. Exercise at least 150 minutes a week and include two days of resistance training.

If you’re in the “Dad Bod” zone, it’s time to get back on track! Here at Thrive, we can help you through our Restorative Fitness and Lifestyle Medicine programs.

Thriving Magazine October 2022 Issue 16

Thriving Magazine • Issue 16

Our October issue looks how we can make positive changes in our mindset and behaviors over the last 90 days of the year so we're starting 2023 with a head start (and skipping the resolutions!). Enjoy!

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