Leonardo DiCaprio, Jon Hamm, John Mayer and Jason Segel have all been used as examples of the in-demand body type

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May 01, 2015 02:00 PM

According to the Urban Dictionary definition, Dad Bod is simply, “Someone who has the body of a dad.” But that’s not all there is to it.

Here are 5 things you need to know about the hottest new physique – like how having a little more to love can translate to a lot of hot.

Why Dad Bod Is A Thing

Though teens have been talking about the body type for a while now, the term gained traction and reached a broader audience after Clemson University sophomore Mackenzie Pearson wrote an article last month for The Odyssey titled "Why Girls Love The Dad Bod."

What It Means

According to Pearson, “the dad bod says, ‘I go to the gym occasionally, but I also drink heavily on the weekends and enjoy eating eight slices of pizza at a time.’ It’s not an overweight guy, but it isn’t one with washboard abs, either.”

Why Girls Are Into It

Dating a guy who doesn t take his appearance too seriously means girls can relax in that respect, too. “We don’t want a guy that makes us feel insecure about our body,” Pearson writes. “We are insecure enough as it is. We don’t need a perfectly sculpted guy standing next to us to make us feel worse.”

No, You Don’t Have to Be a Dad

Some say real dads are the ones trying hardest to avoid the term, whereas it’s actually the fraternity guys who hit the gym twice a week and don’t restrict their diets.

Even Celebrities Are Being Labeled by It

People on Instagram have used Leonardo DiCaprio, Jon Hamm, John Mayer, and Jason Segel to illustrate the body type.

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