People prefer ‘dad bods’ to toned physiques, survey reveals

Forget about six-packs! Singletons prefer soft and round ‘dad bods’ to more toned physiques, survey reveals

  • Research shows the majority of people prefer a soft and round male body type 
  • Only 15 per cent of participants said they favour ‘Barbie or Ken-like body type’ 
  • 2,000 people shared their views as Dating.com examined real life romances

At least 75 per cent of people have a preference for men with a soft and round body shape, a recent survey found.

From Hollywood films to reality TV shows, our screens are often bombarded with images of toned men but new research conducted by Dating.com has revealed surprising results after comparing how the leading men in the media compare to those chosen for real life romances.

A survey of 2,000 participants by the American-based matchmaking website found that just 15 per cent of people are attracted to the ‘barbie or ken-like body type’.

According to The Guardian, the findings are evidence that the ‘dad bod’ is making a return and signalling a step forward for body diversity.   

Research conducted by Dating.com has found the majority of people prefer men with a soft and round body shape (file image)

The term was first coined in the mid-2010s to critique the differences in the athletic bodies of actors such as  Leonardo DiCaprio, Chris Pratt and less traditional Hollywood physiques of stars such as Jason Segel and Seth Rogan.

Around 20 per cent of participants in the recent survey claimed the body shape doesn’t matter when finding a partner.

However, the findings come just one year after Zac Efron was body shamed for having a ‘dad bod’. 

Maria Sullivan who is vice-president of Dating.com, said they're 'happy to confirm' the real world doesn't prefer very fit and in shape bodies (file image)

Maria Sullivan who is vice-president of Dating.com, said they’re ‘happy to confirm’ the real world doesn’t prefer very fit and in shape bodies (file image)

Actor Jonah Hill has also spoken out about how the constant critique of male bodies and how it affected him, admitting on Instagram that he would’ve gone shirtless sooner if his ‘childhood insecurities weren’t exacerbated by years of public mockery’.

He racked up over 1,800,000 likes on the post as responses saluted his honesty. 

As the movement towards body positivity gains momentum, many people have been using hashtags on their dating profiles to show that they’re proud of their physique.

Maria Sullivan who is vice-president of Dating.com, said: ‘Very fit and in shape bodies are seen as ideal when it comes to attracting a partner, however the users of Dating.com just proved that isn’t always the case when it comes to real-life romances.

‘Movies and TV shows tend to promote ‘Barbie and Ken’ body types, giving people the idea they need to look similar in order to find their match. We are happy to confirm that is not how the real world world really operates.’ 


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