Men may think that having six-pack abs is the key to getting all the ladies, but a Yale University study reveals that not only do chubby older fathers live longer, women find them more attractive than guys who spend their days in the gym trying to avoid a Dad bod.

Gaining weight happens to the best of us as we age, and not all of us want to workout 24/7 — nor do we have the time with the demands that come along with working and raising a family. And that's good news for older guys who have love handles.

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Yale professor Richard Bribiescas' study reveals that it's perfectly okay for men to get a little pudgy as they get older and, as a bonus, that extra layer of insulation may actually help them live longer.

In his book How Men Age: What Evolution Reveals About Male Health and Mortality, Bribiescas writes that lower testosterone in aging men leads to increases in fat mass. So, it's not just the cheeseburger and super-sized fries that can make the scale go up — blame it (partially) on the downward spiral of testosterone levels.

Bribiescas' study reveals that not only do older dads benefit from a strengthened immune system when they get older and chubbier, they tend to spend more time with their children and that makes them even more attractive to their significant other — spare tire and all.


"This change in body composition not only causes men to shop for more comfortable trousers but also facilitates increased survivorship," Bribiescas states. "And, hypothetically, a hormonal milieu that would more effectively promote and support paternal investment."

Of course, most guys are probably concerned that putting on a few pounds isn't all that good for them, but Professor Bribiescas isn't saying it's healthy to be morbidly obese. He seems to be pointing to guys who have just put on a few extra pounds that give them that dad bod look that many women love.


And while the Yale professor's findings may or may not be medically correct, the NY Daily News reports that many women are indeed "lusting after dudes with dad bods" because they are friendlier, more mature, and spend their time focusing on "fun, not physique."

Diane Hunt, 50, told the NY Daily News that a man who is not perfectly fit comes across as "a fun, goofy guy" who is not stuck on himself.