The real cause behind the formation of cellulite is not yet known. However, certain risk factors predispose you to have cellulite. These factors include:
- Sex – Cellulite is more common in women than in men. This is due to the difference in fat, connective tissue, and muscle distribution in men and women. In women, fat is distributed in the hips, buttocks, and thighs, where cellulite is more common. Women also tend to have a higher fat percentage (27%) as opposed to men (15%). These reasons make cellulite more common in women. It affects between 80 – 90% of the women population
- Genetics – If you happen to come from a family where one of your parents has cellulite, there’s a higher chance that it will affect you as well. Cellulite emanating from hereditary genes is one of the major factors that predispose most people to cellulite, even when they try to keep fit.
- The thickness of skin – Cellulite occurs right underneath the skin. If you have thin/ light skin, it has more elasticity. This makes it easier for adipose tissue to push through and form cellulite. The thicker your skin, the harder it is for adipose tissue to accumulate and form lumps.
- Age – As we age, the skin becomes thin and loses its elasticity. This makes it easier for cellulite to form, as there is less resistance. Cellulite also tends to occur more in post-puberty women of 25 years and above, but it can still affect younger people, including teenagers.
One misconception about cellulite is that it forms based on weight and size. This isn’t true. Cellulite can affect anyone without regard to their weight or size.
Other factors that might predispose you to cellulite include pregnancy, unhealthy lifestyle, hormones, weight gain, poor diet, and inactivity. Although many factors increase the risk of having cellulite, the process through which they form is the same; adipose fat deposits push against connective tissues creating dimples and lumps.