Travis Kelce Face Body-Shaming Online

Written by Henrik Rothen

Mar.28 - 2024 8:32 AM CET

Photo: Wiki Commons
Photo: Wiki Commons
As vacation photos of Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce make waves, the NFL star’s "dad bod" becomes the center of unwarranted online shaming. How Travis responds and the broader conversation around body image.

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In the wake of Super Bowl triumph, NFL star Travis Kelce and pop icon Taylor Swift found themselves at the center of an unexpected online controversy.

Photos of the couple enjoying a beach vacation in the Bahamas sparked a wave of body-shaming directed at Kelce, with critics labeling his physique as having a "dad bod."

This term, often used playfully, has ignited a serious conversation about body image, societal expectations, and the double standards applied to men and women.

The "Dad Bod" Debate

Kelce, renowned for his athleticism, faced criticism not for his performance on the field but for his appearance off it. Despite being an elite athlete, the absence of a Hollywood-style six-pack led to harsh online commentary.

Travis' response, characterized by both humor and insight, came during an episode of his podcast "New Heights," co-hosted with his brother Jason Kelce.

Revealing a post-season weight gain, Travis emphasized the normalcy of his off-season physique, challenging the unrealistic standards often set by the entertainment industry.

Societal Double Standards and Male Body Image

The incident has shed light on the broader issue of body shaming and the cultural tendencies to comment on and joke about men's bodies more freely than women's.

Psychologist Carly Dober, speaking to, highlighted the harmful impact of such behavior on men's mental health and self-perception.

Dober's insights underline the often overlooked struggles men face regarding body image, pointing to the need for greater awareness and support.

The phenomenon is not isolated to Kelce. Actor Taylor Lautner shared similar experiences of body shaming and the pressure to maintain an idealized physique, stemming from his role in the "Twilight" saga. Lautner's candid reflections on the long-term effects of this pressure reveal the widespread nature of the issue, affecting individuals across different industries and walks of life.