People prefer ‘dad bods’ to tight physique, research reveals

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Forget the six packs! Singletons prefer soft and round ‘dad bods’ to a tighter body, research shows

  • Research shows that the majority of people prefer a soft and round male body type
  • Only 15 percent of participants said they prefer ‘Barbie or Ken-like body type’
  • 2,000 people shared their views when Dating.com researched real-life novels

According to a recent survey, at least 75 percent of people prefer men with a soft and rounded body shape.

From Hollywood movies to reality TV shows, our screens are often bombarded with images of muscular men, but new research conducted by Dating.com has found surprising results after comparing how the leading men in the media compare to those who have been chosen for real novels.

A survey of 2,000 participants by the US-based matchmaking website found that only 15 percent 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 comeback and signals a step forward in body diversity.

Research from Dating.com has shown that the majority of people prefer men with a soft and round body shape (file image)

Research from Dating.com has shown that 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 criticize the differences in the athletic bodies of actors such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Chris Pratt and less traditional Hollywood physiques from stars like Jason Segel and Seth Rogan.

About 20 percent of the participants in the recent survey claimed that body shape doesn’t matter when finding a partner.

However, the findings come just a year after Zac Efron became body-embarrassed for having a “ dad bid. ”

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

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

Maria Sullivan, vice president of Dating.com, said they are ‘happy to confirm’ that 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 criticism of male bodies and how it affected him, admitting on Instagram that he would have gone shirtless sooner had his childhood insecurities not been exacerbated by years of public ridicule.

He garnered more than 1,800,000 likes on the post as the responses greeted his honesty.

As the movement towards body positivity gains momentum, many people use hashtags on their dating profiles to show that they are proud of their physique.

Maria Sullivan, vice president of Dating.com, said, “ Very fit and in shape bodies are seen as ideal when it comes to attracting a partner, but Dating.com users have just proven that this isn’t always is the case when it comes to real romances.

Movies and TV shows tend to promote the ‘Barbie and Ken’ body type, which makes people feel like they have to look the same to find their match. We are happy to confirm that this is not how the real world really works. ‘

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