|Yet another 'cellulite on the beach' photo|
(photo by Helmuts Guigo)
Noun. Mid-20th century.
[French, from CELLULE small cell.]
Fatty tissue regarded as causing a dimpled or lumpy texture of (especially a woman's) skin.
I found myself getting a little bit cross while researching cellulite on the internet, first at the battle that's raging (raaarwh!) between bona fide medical resources that invariably say that cellulite is natural, harmless and rather inevitable, and a plethora of alternative health and beauty sites vaunting the latest quackeries that will "banish" cellulite forever. And if that wasn't enough, I had to endure a whole rake of photos that were clearly taken by weirdos on the beach who had nothing better to do with their lives than take undignified clandestine photos of stranger's bums before releasing them to the interweb with derogatory remarks about their bodies. To restore just a little bit of balance, I have collected a few cellulitic facts for your perusal:
- Cellulite is normal fat beneath the skin. It appears bumpy because it pushes against connective tissue, causing the skin to pucker.
- Cellulite appears in people across the weight range, so it does not mean you're overweight.
- Cellulite is not a medical condition, and is not harmful.
- It is more common in women than men (estimates vary, but somewhere between 80-90% of women have some form of cellulite).
- Its ultimate causes are not understood.
- Certain factors can make cellulite more pronounced, including: bad diet, fad dieting, slow metabolism, lack of exercise, hormonal changes, dehydration, total body fat and the colour of your skin.
- Popular treatments include: cellulite creams, liposuction, mesotherapy, massage and spa treatments and laser therapies. However, there is little evidence that any of them work well or for long.
- The best way of tackling cellulite is regular exercise, a healthy diet and weight loss (if being overweight is a contributing factor).
- The word cellulite comes from cellule, meaning 'a small cell', and according to Merriam-Webster its first known use in print was in 1968 by Vogue magazine.
- Oh, and in answer to this page's leading question: no, cellulite is not dangerous. At all. So relax.
|Like these oranges, aren't we all beautiful on the inside? Aww. Kind of works, doesn't it? C'mon!|
(photo by Victoria White)
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