Weight loss not always a cellulite answer
CINCINNATI (UPI) -- Most women are affected by cellulite, but while weight loss may help some, it may worsen the condition for others, says a U.S. study.
"Approximately 85 percent of women are affected by cellulite," said study co-author Dr. John Kitzmiller. "Cellulite is not specific to overweight people, but excess weight may worsen the condition. We found that weight loss in overweight patients improved the appearance of cellulite, but for a few, it actually worsened the condition."
The study examined 29 women who enrolled in medically supervised weight loss programs including low-fat meals, liquid diets, medication, and bariatric surgery -- 17 patients experienced an improvement in the appearance of their cellulite, while 9 worsened. The average weight loss was 30.5 pounds, with a range of 2.3 to 102 pounds.
Patients who lost larger amounts of weight and lowered their percentage of thigh fat experienced the greatest improvement in cellulite.
Patients whose cellulite worsened started with a significantly lower body mass index, lost smaller amounts of weight, and had no change in percentage of thigh fat, according to the study published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
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