The “Problem” of Cellulite

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?

This post is sponsored by Smart Beauty Guide.


  1. says

    As a woman who is married to a board certified physician- I can tell you that I am forever questioning him about said beauty treatments. Now while he is a frugal man who is not one to shell out extra dough for the beauty treatment du-jour- when it comes to healing the body from the inside out he is in complete agreement that what you put in your body will ultimately result in what how your body ‘s outer appearance takes shape. So to that end he believes naturally healing the body- by eating healthy foods, exercise etc. is the most sure-fire way to getting rid of that pesky cellulite as opposed to treating it with some magically topical creams, brushes etc.

  2. says

    I think we have to accept it as women… it is what it is. I saw that pict of Scarlett J and honestly thought her cellulite was so minimal – geesh! She’s gorgeous. I actually have less cellulite now than I did in my 20s (I still have plenty!) and I’m not really sure what it is – working out more, eating healthier or what that did it. Still, I have some that I know just isn’t going away no matter what… oh well! Like Jen, I’m not too worried about it – bigger things to worry about!

  3. says

    ugh. This kind of thing makes me so frustrated. But I truly, honestly think that it’s posts like yours, Jo-Lynne, that say: ‘hey, we’ve all got it, let’s not make a big deal about it’ help!!

    Or really, if you have it and it bothers you, then go take care of it! NO one is judging you, and no one has to know. And clearly, there are treatments that can help minimize it. I don’t know. I can only hope to one day have enough time in the day to worry about it!

    • says

      “I can only hope to one day have enough time in the day to worry about it!” haha, so right!! Honestly, I don’t give it much thought. I am just glad I don’t have to look at it except those rare moments in a dressing room with a 3-way mirror. Then I’m all WOAH!!! OH well. LOL!

  4. Lee Ann says

    I’ve never really worried about the cellulite on my thighs, but for about 2 years, the cellulite has reached the front of my legs (knees and up). I am unable to wear dresses and skirts, and it bothers me now! I walk (not as often I should) and I try to eat healthy (but not always) and it doesn’t help. If anything, it’s getting worse. What kinds of exercise are suggested to combat the cellulite?

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