Foremost, cellulite is not exclusively linked with obesity. Though fat people (mostly women) are more prone to cellulite in their body, but many slim people have also reported accumulation of cellulite.

The primary reason for women being the prime victims of cellulite is the composition and behavior of their fat cells and the connective tissue (which is very inflexible) that holds them in place. As the women gain weight, the surrounding fibers cannot stretch to accommodate that growth. Resultantly, some fat cells press through the gaps between these strands, causing a dimpled effect on the skin. Men usually have less fat on the thighs and have a thick outer skin, which prevents formulation of cellulite.

The causes of cellulite formation are many. However, there is a difference of opinion among the medical fraternity about the exact causes of cellulite. Here are all the possible known causes of cellulite:

  1. Excess estrogen levels: Women with naturally excess estrogen levels are prone to cellulite. That’s why, it commonly occurs among post-natal women and those who take birth control pills, because the body is unable to rid the excess flow of estrogen from the system.

  2. Sedentary lifestyle: Lethargic and inactive lifestyle, either voluntary or due to reasons like accidents that demand prolonged bed rest, can also result in cellulite formation around thighs, abdomen, and buttocks, due to hardening of connective tissue.

  3. Genetic Hereditary: If you genetically have more fat cells, it’s more than likely that you are pre-disposed to have cellulite

  4. Poor Lifestyle: Stress, Poor dietary habit, smoking, drinking, excess consumption of fat, salt, and carbohydrates, low consumption of fibrous foods, etc., also contribute cellulite accumulation in the body.

  5. Medication side effects: Cellulite can also occur as a result of side effect of certain medications, like sleeping pills, diuretics, and diet pills. This is because most medicines tend to disturb natural filtration process by retaining more water in the body.