What causes cellulite?
Cellulite is the lumpy substance resembling cottage cheese that is commonly found on the thighs,
stomach and butt. Cellulite is actually a fancy name for collections of
fat that push against the connective tissue beneath a person's skin,
which causes the surface of the skin to dimple or pucker and look lumpy.
can check to see if you have cellulite by pinching the skin around your
upper thigh. If it looks a bit lumpy, you probably have it. And if you
do have cellulite, you're definitely not alone: Most girls, women and
some men have cellulite.
The causes of cellulite are not well understood, but there are several theories that have been put forth as explanations.
Among these are:
likely play an important role in cellulite development. Many believe
estrogen, insulin, noradrenaline, thyroid hormones, and prolactin are part of the cellulite production process.
genes are required for cellulite development. Genes may predispose an
individual to particular characteristics associate with cellulite, such
as gender, race, slow metabolism, distribution of fat just underneath
the skin, and circulatory insufficiency.
Diet-people who eat too much fat, carbohydrates, or salt and too little fiber are likely to have greater amounts of cellulite.
may be more prevalent in smokers, those who do not exercise, and those
who sit or stand in one position for long periods of time.
Clothing-underwear with tight elastic across the buttocks (limiting blood flow) may contribute to the formation of cellulite.