Sometimes we’re in the right place at the right time. From Huffington Post:
Middle-aged men who carry a bit of extra weight are more likely to live longer. As men age testosterone levels decrease, which causes loss of muscle mass and an increase in fat mass. Richard Bribiescas, professor of anthropology at Yale University, said this makes them better at passing on their genes to offspring and fighting off illnesses. He added that they may also appear more attractive to women.
Bribiescas believes weight gain after fatherhood could strengthen the immune system and even prolong life. His theory, called “the Pudgy Dad Hypothesis,” suggests that “dad bods” – a term used to describe men who maintain “a nice balance between a beer gut and working out” – might actually be beneficial to health.
Dr Helen Webberley from Oxford Online Pharmacy said while a “more cuddly and softer” body may be more appealing to the opposite sex, it’s important for guys to maintain a healthy lifestyle. “As you get older, testosterone levels naturally decline, making men more cuddly and softer, rather than pumped up, aggressive and macho,” she said.