After the teen years, most women will see cellulite develop in areas where fat deposits are concentrated, including the thighs, hips, and buttocks. While excess fat definitely makes the condition worse, even slim women find they may have uneven fat deposits just below the surface of the skin that cause the dimpled—and dreaded—“cottage cheese” effect.
Girls used to start puberty at 12 or 13. A recent study, conducted by authors Louise Greenspan (a pediatric endocrinologist at Kaiser Permanente) and Julianna Deardorff (an associate professor at the University of California, Berkeley), found that by the age of 7, 23 percent of black girls, 15 percent of Hispanic girls, and 10 percent of white girls had started to develop breasts.
Nothing like the holidays to make us aware of excess belly fat. We’ve eaten too much turkey and gravy, nibbled on the non-ending stream of holiday cookies that show up at work, and find ourselves too busy to go to the gym. December is a great time to take a serious look at the popular diets that promise a flat stomach, along with improved general health and a new lease on life! (For a complete review of America’s top 32 diets, check out “Find the Best Diet” at U.S. News & World Report.)