The Dad Bod Is Back

Will Smith
Will Smith

The dad bod that carried Will Smith through the pandemic. (Source: Instagram)

The Dad Bod Is Back

Of course, gaining “the COVID 19” was inevitable

The dad bod that carried Will Smith through the pandemic. (Source: Instagram)

Hollywood leading men are coming clean about relaxing their fitness routines and strict diets during the pandemic. First Will Smith, then Anthony Anderson. Now Mark Wahlberg admits he's no longer waking up at an ungodly hour each day to work out.

Stars ... they're just like us. Over 61% of Americans say they've gained unwanted weight during the pandemic. And it's resulted in the return of the Dad Bod.

Stress, of course, is mostly to blame (along with gym closures and the common practice of binge-watching shows while self-isolating). An obesity doctor tells InsideHook that with long-term stress comes an increase in inflammation, and a rise in cortisol levels that can have an outsized impact on the midsection, particularly in men.

On the bright side, a softer midsection might not spoil your Hot Vaxx Summer. A survey by the dating platform Dating.com revealed that nearly 75% of respondents are “a fan” of the dad bod.

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