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What is Cellulite?
Cellulite refers to the dimpled appearance of the skin, usually occurring on a person’s hips, thighs and/or buttocks, but sometimes on the breasts, upper arms, or abdomen.
Cellulite is considered to be a cosmetic problem. It is nothing more than normal fat deposits beneath the skin that push against connective tissue under the skin, causing the skin above it to pucker and look lumpy. It is thought to occur due to shrinkage or shortening of the fibrous tissue cords that anchor the skin.
The dimpled appearance of cellulite is quite normal. Cellulite is more common among women than men, with up to 90% of women estimated to experience cellulite at some point. This is because of differences in the way fat, muscle, and connective tissue are distributed in men’s and women’s skin.
Having cellulite doesn’t mean you are overweight – even thin people can have it. However, if you’re overweight, losing weight may help to reduce cellulite.
Cellulite isn’t harmful. However, many people would like to get rid of it because of the way it looks.
Cellulite may affect up to 90% of women at some point in their lives.
What Causes Cellulite?
There are a number of factors that influence how much Cellulite you have and how visible it is, including:
- poor diet (for instance, too much fat, carbohydrates, or salt and too little fibre or hydration)
- lifestyle factors such as lack of physical activity, sedentary lifestyle, smoking, and fad dieting
- hormone changes (including estrogen, insulin, noradrenaline, thyroid hormones, and prolactin), and
- genetics including heredity, gender, race, total body fat, slow metabolism, circulatory issues and skin thickness and colour.