Birmingham Is The Top Cellulite City, See The Rest

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Cellulite - it's ugly, it’s next to impossible to get rid of it, and 90 percent of women have it at some point in their lives. Men aren’t immune to cellulite either. If you have cellulite, you know it, but do you know if you live in one of the top cellulite cities?

According to an MSNBC survey, which considered factors such as exercise, overweight and obesity rates, smoking, alcohol use, and number of fast food restaurants, here are the top ten cities for cellulite. Bear in mind that no one physically went out and checked out the cellulite situation in each of these cities: the list was constructed based on factors known to contribute to cellulite. If you want to see a lot of cellulite - well, maybe not see it, but know where it can be found in abundance, check out this list. Is your city on it?

Topping the list is Birmingham, Alabama. More than 70 percent of its residents are overweight or obese, which is higher than the national average. The city also has a high percentage of smokers, and a high female-to-male ratio. The runner-up city is Wichita Falls, Texas, which can boast the highest smoking rate among adults in the United States at 30 percent. People in Wichita Falls also are the most sedentary in America.

The remaining seven cities are:

* Rock Springs, Wyoming
* Mobile, Alabama
* Hagerstown, Maryland
* Jacksonville, Florida
* Huntington, West Virginia
* Montgomery, Alabama
* Charleston, West Virginia
* Memphis, Tennessee

Take heart: if you live in one of these cities and you don’t have cellulite, the mere fact that you reside in one of the top ten cellulite cities doesn’t mean you will automatically develop cottage cheese thighs. Similarly, moving out of the city will not magically remove the bumps and rills from your buttocks.

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What causes cellulite? According to the Mayo Clinic, cellulite is caused by fibrous connective threads that connect the skin to the muscle that lies under it. Fat cells lie between the threads lie between the skin and deeper structures. As fat cells accumulate, the apply pressure against the skin and create an uneven surface, resulting in dimpling and bumps.

Genetics is also a big contributor. If your mother had cellulite, chances are good you will too. Other factors that can contribute to the development of cellulite are:

* Age: Skin loses its elasticity with age, which means fat can move toward the surface and create that bumpy, orange-peel look

* Lack of exercise: Because cellulite forms when fat is trapped under the skin, exercise can help reduce fat. However, even thin people have cellulite, but exercise can help.

* Stress: Excess stress can contribute to the development of cellulite

* Birth control: Use of hormonal contraceptives may contribute to cellulite formation

SOURCES:
Mayo Clinic
MSNBC, October 8, 2009

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