Who Gets Cellulite and What Causes It
  • Gender. Both men and women can develop cellulite, but it is most often seen in women. This is probably due in some part to the thinner septae in women than men, which makes it easier for the fat to push through. Additionally, higher levels of estrogen in women promote fat cell production, especially in the hips and thighs. 1
  • Weight. Although this is a condition involving fatty tissue, it does not mean that only overweight or obese people experience it. Studies have shown that cellulite afflicts women from all body mass index (BMI) groups. However, there does appear to be some correlation between obesity and weaker, less dense septae, which also can make it easier for fat to extrude. 1
  • Skin Structure. Women with cellulite have less horizontal and more perpendicular and 45° septae (in relation to the dermis). This makes sense since the horizontal fibers would be difficult for the fat to penetrate. In addition, the septae in these women are typically thinner, irregular in thickness, and further apart from each other than in those without cellulite. 1
  • Race. Cellulite is more prevalent in Caucasian women than Asian women. 1
  • Genetics. Heredity does seem to have some role in whether or not you will develop cellulite. 1
  • Sedentary Lifestyle. Compression of blood vessels from long periods of sitting can hinder proper blood flow and may be a factor in cellulite development. 1
  • Diet. A high-calorie and carbohydrate diet can result in chronically high levels of blood sugar, which in turn can increase the amount of fatty tissue and possibility of cellulite. 1
  • Pregnancy. Hormones produced in pregnancy are associated with increased fat generation and fluid retention—both linked to cellulite. 1

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