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Mombods, Dadbods, Why Can’t We All Just Have Our Own Bods?
Written by Dave Herrmann | May 21, 2015
Another internet sensation took over the web this past month, the “dadbod.” Haven’t heard of it? Well, it’s essentially what you think it is, an average male body, minus the chiseled abs and the sculpted physique. Over the past few days, we’ve been entertained by the “dadbod” as it made its way around the internet. But then, the “mombod” came along and just like everything else on the web, it became a debate. In short, people were openly celebrating the “mombod”, while at the same time, criticizing the “dadbod.”
But why? Why is so much emphasis placed on physical attributes? It has to STOP.
The internet is full of too much stuff, too much noise.
WE HAVE TO FILTER.
I’ve decided to only fill my newsfeed with inspirational and positive things (always our goal). I don’t want to debate something as silly as the “dadbod” and the “mombod”. When we spend so much time on thinking about someone else’s body, we end up comparing ourselves to them. It’s impossible not to. And as we’ve talked about over and over again, that is where we lose joy.
YOU MAY NOT STRUGGLE WITH IT, THAT’S OK.
We get it, sometimes it’s completely ok to laugh at the mere idea of a “dadbod” or a “mombod”, simply because we don’t usually see those images in the media. But, some of you may actually TRULY struggle with the way your body looks. As such, when you hear all the talk about body image, it makes you feel like you’re not good enough. It’s a slippery slope from there.
My body is my body, I’m happy with it and love it for what it is. I’m healthy and I take care of the temple God gave me. I’m not allowing myself to look at other people in that way (“dadbod” or not) because I struggle with comparison. I’m not going there because for me it’s not healthy. If you’re different, that’s chill. I think we just need to take the focus off people’s bodies and instead put the focus on what God gave each of us, a body we should take care of.
LET’S SAVE THE BODY COMPARISONS FOR OTHERS. LET’S BE DIFFERENT.
I leave you with this:
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Phil 4:8