Cellulite is a condition that affects 90 percent of women and 10 percent of men. Cellulite occurs when body fat is gained and gets packed into existing fat cells. Cellulite appears when these packed cells swell and become large enough to see through the skin. As we age, our skin becomes thinner and less resilient, which causes the puffed fat cells to become even more visible.
One of the primary reasons this happens to women is simply by evolutionary genetic design. The excess fat stored around the pelvis, buttocks, and thighs of women is driven by sex-specific hormones and acts as reserve storage for the energy demands of lactation, which is why cellulite tends to first appear at the start of prime child-bearing years.
Cellulite is also caused by lack of circulation—the result of aging mixed with infrequent exercise and constrictive clothing. As women become older, estrogen levels begin to decrease, and a decrease in estrogen causes a loss of receptors in blood vessels and thighs, resulting in decreased circulation. Decrease circulation prevents adequate oxygen and nutrition to that area, which causes a decline in collagen. Aging also causes fat cells to increase in size, and the lack of collagen allows them to protrude through the skin and appear in the form of the bumpy lumps we call cellulite.
Another cause of cellulite is overproduction of estrogen, which makes fat cells larger. Today, the age women are seeing cellulite is younger than ever before—sometimes in their teenage years. This is because much of the processed food we consume has estrogen-mimicking properties and the non-organic meat and milk supply has added hormones with estrogen that affects us if consumed. Therefore, eating a balanced, organic diet can help prevent cellulite. Luckily, for those non-controllable causes, there are non-invasive treatments that can help reduce the appearance of this very intrusive concern.