cellulite story

Cellulite is a money making machine, should we really hate those dimples so much…

Cellulite is something I think about daily. Every time I get changed and catch a reflection of my legs in the mirror I get a pang of sadness. I feel ashamed of it. And most of all I feel completely abnormal. But the question is “should we be ashamed?”

What is cellulite?

Cellulite occurs when fat deposits push through the connective tissue beneath the skin. Between 80 and 90 percent of women will probably experience cellulite.

It’s a money making machine…

Raise your hand if you’ve ever spent a ridiculous amount of money on creams and brushes to magically get rid of cellulite. I spent a whopping £60 on a cream in a panic before a holiday once. I couldn’t face the thought of everyone seeing my riddled legs on the beach. Because aren’t us ladies meant to be smooth from top to toe. And not have bodies that wobble or move freely on their own when walking. Over the years I’ve probably spent a small fortune on different things I believed would be the thing that helped me once and for all. But to no avail.

Love Island ladies make me sad…

Like most of the nation I have become addicted to love island. But watching all these beautifully tanned creatures leaves me feeling disappointed in my body even more than usual. I’ve joked with friends that there would never be a girl like me on there. I mean could you imagine those slow mo running scenes with things wobbling all over the place. This representation splattered across our screens of a small number of women’s bodies can make the rest of us feel inadequate.

We’re living in a photoshop phenomenon…

Literally everything nowadays can be photoshopped. You can make people disappear from pictures and put someone in a different location. But most of all you can nip, tuck and airbrush your photos to be the ‘best’ you. I’m guilty of this when my skin was at it’s worst. And the media we consume with these beautiful actresses and models that don’t seem to have a stretch mark or blemish make us believe that’s reality. That’s the standard I know I’ve started to subconsciously hold myself to.

Cellulite is from junk food and no exercise…

I’ve been told quite a few times that the reason I might have cellulite is because my diet is poor and I don’t exercise. When in fact at my skinniest I still had it, at my fittest I still had it and at my healthiest I still had it. So I’m calling BS on that statement and any statement that in some way insinuates that it’s our lifestyle choices that bring on cellulite. Exercising definitely made me feel better and my legs became more toned which made the appearance of my cellulite a lot less. But it’s never gone away it’s just improved.

Why hate something 80% of us have…

During my trip to Singapore and Bali this year I became aware of just how self conscious I was. I had hardly packed any shorts with me because I didn’t feel like I had the right to walk around with some cellulite on display. That made me think about my clothing choices at home. Last summer in the UK I think I wore shorts once but only after hammering my legs in the gym for weeks before. So I asked myself why am I doing this. I should embrace my body now while I’m still young not constantly pick faults with it. And thats why I’m not buying into what the media is telling us anymore. We should not be ashamed of our bodies.

My plan moving forward is to be courages and embrace what I have. And not live in trousers all summer. I know it’s going to take me some time to gain confidence and love those dimples but I know that I can do it. A great account to follow on instagram and twitter is IWeigh for a little body confidence inspiration.

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