While scanning the global cellulite chatter, I recently came across this article on Oprah.com. It was published in April of last year at the height of cellulite season. The author caught my attention when she mentioned that cellulite was not a common problem for women when she was a girl several decades ago.
Here are a few lines from her opening paragraph. Doesn’t it sound like her experience supports the theory that cellulite is a modern disorder?
If your mind ever strays to the subject of your thighs, you probably don’t think of them without also thinking about cellulite, which, by many accounts, affects nearly 90 percent of women. Did you know that wasn’t always so? Once upon a time—back in the mid-1900s, when I was a girl—there was no such thing as cellulite. It hadn’t been invented yet. If our thighs were large, they were called heavy, but they weren’t unfortunately saddled with a full-blown medical disorder, which is what dermatologist Howard Murad, MD, calls the condition in his book The Cellulite Solution.
If we could find women from previous generations who remember a time when cellulite is not as common as it is today, then we could prove that cellulite is “a disease of civilization” as Weston Price would have put it or “the plague of modern woman” as Dr. Lionel Bissoon says. Was this Oprah article a piece of the evidence I was looking for?
Sadly, no. The next few lines took a disappointing turn.
Once, full hips suggested a woman’s strength, her powerful, awe-inspiring ability to procreate; the soft slice of thigh exposed between a panty girdle and the dark top of a stocking held fast by a garter was delectable, not diseased; the natural padding on a woman’s thighs was considered plush, luxurious, suggestive of a velvety capaciousness altogether female.
Somehow, in the past 40 years, we have learned to revile that padding; it has come to represent our body’s recalcitrance to submit to our will, a weighty reminder that we will never achieve physical perfection.
It’s not the padding that I’m trying to get rid of here –it’s the cellulite. There’s a clear difference, isn’t there?
I’ve heard this argument many times before. It’s an important point to settle because if cellulite is an invented disease, then there really is no use trying to treat it. But if the cellulite epidemic is unique to our modern era, it’s hard to argue that cellulite is a perfectly normal part of being a woman.
I would love to organize a campaign to investigate this question further. Any ideas?
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