For many of us, our dads are among the first people to teach us about living an active lifestyle -- they coach our soccer games, encourage us to get moving on the weekends and even pack us healthy lunches (well, some of them do).
That's why we're always so surprised to see the deluge of unhealthy dad stereotypes clogging up card stores this time of year. Take a look! Your local store will inevitably showcase the so-called heartfelt messages about dad's flatulence, couch potato tendencies and bad eating habits (beer and pizza, anyone?).
We rounded up just a few of the offensive cards we found around town (and online) -- take a look, then tell us which bad finds you scanned while shopping for your Father's Day card.
Potty humor, check! This card is filled with gems like the definition of various <em>types</em> of gas.
The obligatory "Dad doesn't exercise" joke focuses on how opening up a large card might be a workout for sedentary fathers.
Beers and gas are just two of the highlights from this card, which also celebrated Dad for gobbling down a burger about half the size of his head.
We'd rather our dads be healthy -- cigars are linked to tobacco related health problems, including oral cavity cancers and cancers of the esophagus and lung, according to the <a href="http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Tobacco/cigars" target="_hplink">National Cancer Institute</a>.
We applaud napping as part of a healthy lifestyle (one third of U.S. workers don't get enough sleep <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/27/workers-sleep-deprivation-hours_n_1456463.html" target="_hplink">according to a recent analysis</a>), but the rest -- beer, TV, "bodily noises" -- are disappointing.
Why can't dad's "Mantasy" cave be packed with healthier snacks that will keep him fit and healthy for <em>next</em> Father's Day?
We saw countless riffs on the couch potato, chair-obsessed dad at the card stores. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/13/sitting_n_1202800.html" target="_hplink">Too much sitting</a> has been linked with numerous health problems, including increased diabetes, cancer and heart attack risk.
The U.S. government recommends getting 150 minutes of exercise a week, which can help to ward off heart disease, the <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/men/lcod/2007/index.htm" target="_hplink">leading killer</a> in men.