Through the modern wonder that is The Facebook, I happened to come across a ridiculous article (written by a man, naturally) that had the audacity to suggest that Scarlett Johansson at the ripe old age of 27 is now a dog because she has cellulite on the back of her thighs.
Oh the horror!
I can’t link to the website because it is not appropriate for my PG-rated blog. But suffice it to say, there were photos to testify that yes, indeed, Scarlett Johansson has cellulite, and shockingly (I jest, it is not shocking at all) she is still an amazingly beautiful woman — despite the warped opinion of the author.
Naturally this article spawned the righteous indignation of the Women of Facebook. In fact, there was an entire article written about it, complete with a biology lesson about how cellulite is a normal fact of life for most women and is not a result of poor diet, lack of exercise, or any other fault on our parts.
If so, then why has it come such a crime to have cellulite?
Since I write for the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery a couple times a month, I immediately hopped over to see what they have to say about the topic.
Ironically, on the front page was an article written by a medical doctor about how to combat cellulite with a healthy diet.
He states that the foods we eat do, in fact, affect the appearance of cellulite, which he defines as “dimpling, loose skin, and swollen fat pockets.”
His advice is to eat a good, balanced diet full of anti-oxidants and omega-3 fatty acids that supposedly help smooth out our skin.
I’ve also read about “dry brushing” on some of the natural blogs I read, which is supposed to help, as well as myofascial massage. Some even suggest it is a hormonal issue.
Of course there are also cosmetic procedures and cellulite treatments to treat this pesky “problem” if you so desire. This page is a super resource that lists the pros and cons of treatment and tells you if you’re a good candidate or not.
Which begs the question, is cellulite a problem or not? Can it be eliminated with enough hard work and dedication? Or should we just accept it as a part of life and own it? I can say from my own anecdotal experience that no amount of running and working out has helped mine. I know that I don’t eat clean enough or little enough to complain about it, though.
What say you??? Is cellulite a problem to be cured or simple reality of life as a woman?
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