Fathers with a paternal body are seen as better parents and more likely to be faithful than those with a chiseled body, study says
- A ‘dad bid’ is seen as a sign of a good father, according to a new study
- Slightly overweight men were considered to have better parenting skills
- They were seen as less dominant and therefore warmer and more involved
A new study of alleged parenting skills is good news for men with a little extra weight.
Fathers with typical ‘father bodies’ were considered better parents, more likely to be faithful than those with more chiseled bodies.
Men with low body fat and high muscle mass were even found to have ‘particularly negative’ parenting skills.
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Research published in The times suggests that people are likely to judge a man’s parenting abilities based on how tight his body is.
The study of more than 800 people showed participants pictures of a man with different combinations of body fat and muscle, from lean to slightly overweight.
For men with a toned body, the study participants saw his parenting ability and commitment to monogamy in a negative light.
On the other hand, dads with typical ‘dad bods’ – with a little extra weight – were seen as better parents.
Researchers at the University of Southern Mississippi explained that we see that the dads who carry a little more weight are less “dominant,” making them warmer and more committed.
In the study, participants were asked to rate the man in the photo about how likely he was to have 36 different positive and negative parenting behaviors on a scale.
Dads with a little more weight were thought to have better parenting skills and be warmer and more committed to monogamy
Positive behaviors included: ‘this person seems to be helping their child with homework’, ‘this person is trying to teach their child new things’,’ babies are making this person’s heart melt ‘and’ this person would feel compelled to punish anyone who tries. harm a child ‘.
Negative behaviors included ‘this person hates children’, ‘this person grabs or treats their child roughly’ and ‘this person appears to be accepting a phone call during their child’s play or recital’.
The photos of the father carrying a little extra weight, while not very heavy, were rated as the best parents and the man with the muscular physique was rated most harshly.
“Fat and small muscles were seen as more indicative of positive parenting skills,” the researchers wrote in the journal Evolutionary Psychological Science.
“The male target with low body fat / high muscle strength was seen as particularly negative parenting ability.”
However, it is believed that too much weight gain can also be portrayed in a negative light and seen as ‘lack of discipline’ to be a good parent.
Lead author of the study Donald Sacco said: “ It is often the case that people are motivated to be fit to attract partners, so heavier men and women communicate less concerned about personal attractiveness and attracting new partners, and more interest in parental investment with a current partner.
“We have not tested the perception of high overweight goals, which can actually be seen as a lack of discipline to be an effective parent.”