Survey Says 'Dad Bod' Confidence Is on the Rise

Wednesday June 16, 2021

Results from Planet Fitness' fifth annual survey reveals how Americans feel about the body type that's defined the art of fatherhood for five straight years. Of course, "daddy" in the gay community and "daddy" on Main Street USA may mean different things to different people, but that's not stopping us from celebrating daddies in all their glory.

In 2017, the inaugural "dad bod" study uncovered that 64% of men with dad bods were comfortable and confident in their own skin. Today, those same figures continue to climb, with 69% of men with dad bods noting they are confident and comfortable with their physique, and 52% of men proclaiming they are (still) attracted to men with the body type.

But, despite a growing affinity for the body type, half of all men with dad bods (50%) feel judged by others for their bodies — a number that's jumped 10% since just last year alone.

Additional insights surrounding men with dad bods — whether they're lifting weights at the gym or lifting toddlers out of car seats — include:

Everyone Loves the Dad Bod... — 68% of men agree that there is universal acceptance of the dad bod (up from 70% of women and 63% of men in 2018).

... But Men Feel Judged for Having Them — Half of the men with dad bods feel judged by others for their bodies, and nearly half of men (47%) who don't have dad bods think they would feel judged if they did have one (a figure that has gone up 11% since 2018).

It's the Preferred Body Type — 50% of men define the dad bod as "sexy" today, with 44% of men saying that dad bods are the new six-pack.

"Fitness is all about being happy and healthy in your own skin, not worrying about what others might think, and our fifth annual 'dad bod' survey results prove just that," said Vice President of Marketing at Planet Fitness Jamie Medeiros.

Take a look at some of our favorite "dad bods" on Instagram:

*Online survey conducted by Kelton Global to 1,005 nationally representative Americans ages 18 and over, with a margin of error of +/- 3.1 percent.