Sounding the alarm on the ‘dad bod’


Recently, social media sites were bustling with the hashtag “dad bod,” which refers to women’s genuine interest in men over 25 years of age who have huge bellies. But this fad means so much more, and people—especially men—need to pay close attention.

Healthcare experts are starting to fret that men who frequented fitness centers might consider joining the squad of overweight and obese men. According to the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB), there are 20.9 percent of obese males in the country, and this number might continue to rise if the “dad bod” trend will continue.

“Some men most probably rejoiced when they heard that women get attracted to men who are flabbier,” said Carmie de Leon, vice president for sales and marketing of Healthway Medical. “But this rings the bell for healthcare experts.”

She added, “It is alarming to note that different health conditions are already surfacing beyond what our eyes can see.”

If you want to keep yourself from acquiring these unwanted diseases, de Leon said that maintaining a “dad bod” is not the way to go.

“Men desire to be always at their best, but confidence should not be dependent on what people think or say. Feeling good about your body should start with yourself, and leaning towards a healthy lifestyle will go a long way in achieving this,” de Leon emphasized.

This Father’s Day, give yourself the advantage to feel good by ridding your unwanted belly fat—and no body shape is an exception.

With this, Healthway Medical—the most trusted and preferred mall-based clinics in the Philippines—encourages you to shed off your excess fat by choosing a healthier lifestyle.

De Leon said that for a more effective weight loss, it is important for you to make Sleep, Eat Right, Exercise, and De-stress (S.E.E.D.) as basis for jumpstarting the road to health and wellness.

“The secret is overall health through healthy and preventive lifestyle,” De Leon said. “If you want to be in good shape, you must keep portion sizes in check, sleep at least eight hours a day, and include simple exercises like brisk walking as part of your daily routine to beef up your metabolism.”

But to effectively realize your fitness goals, De Leon said that men need to undergo comprehensive examination first. “While moderate physical activities can help you control your weight, we suggest that you take HealthCheQ first especially if you are unaware of your health status.”

HealthCheQ is the premium executive checkup that responds to the immediate needs of individuals who put great value to their health and time. Its package includes complete laboratory and imaging studies, physical valuation, and special examinations.

She concluded, “Father’s day is not the only time to ensure that your health is in its perfect condition, rather, this should be a daily compliance. Start saying no to ‘dad bods’ and say yes to a healthier life to continue securing your family’s future.”

Healthway Medical Clinics are located at Alabang Town Center, Edsa Shangri-la, Market! Market!, Festival Mall, Healthway Manila, SM The Block and Greenbelt 5. For inquiries, you can visit their website at


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