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Fact or fiction: Cellulite is a build-up of toxins from a bad diet

Don't we all hate this statement? Cellulite isn't even a disorder! It's just what happens to women's thighs.

Cellulite as a 'problem' is largely a creation of the cosmetics industry, which makes millions out of selling 'cures'.

In his book Stop Telling Nutrition Fibs, nutritionist Glen Cardwell quotes correspondence from Professor Terry Ryan, Clinical Professor of Dermatology, Oxford:

"Cellulite is a gradual degeneration of the connective tissue supporting fat cells. It is age-related and accelerated by interstitial fluid collection, excessive fat… and possibly by female hormones."

Glen explains why men don't get cellulite: "Men have a different connective tissue pattern on their hips, thighs and buttocks… Men also have thicker skin (there's got to be a one-liner in there)… and men rarely suffer fluid retention."

He also warns against confusing cellulite with obesity: "They can exist independently of each other." And being overweight certainly won't help the appearance of any dimpled skin. But even thin people can have cellulite.

The bottom line: Myth

Learn to love those dimples. Eating well is a great idea for overall health, but nothing you eat will make cellulite disappear (and don't get us started on the lotions and potions!).

First published: Apr 2007



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