are cellulite and fat the same

In a sense, yes, but your question is a tad like comparing orange juice to the texture of an orange peel. While cellulite, also known as gynoid lipodystrophy, is often thought of as fat, that isn’t quite accurate.

Fat is just a component of what causes cellulite, so perhaps more aptly cellulite is a possible manifestation of fat. The presence of fat doesn’t mean you have cellulite. Cellulite itself is the result of the overlying skin structure combined with underlying fat cells protruding outwardly, while simultaneously the connective tissue, called septae, hold the skin in place causing a rippled, or orange peel appearance- similar to a leather chair that has large amounts of stuffing pillowing out while buttons hold the leather skin tightly to the internal rigid structure of the chair.

You need a complex set of circumstances to happen simultaneously for cellulite to rear its bumpy head. The common misconception that if you have excessive fat you will inevitably have cellulite is also untrue. You can be a rather obese person and still have no cellulite, particularly if you’re male. So let’s break down these parts and pieces to understand cellulite and how fat affects it.

Fat, or adipose tissue, is a type of loose connective tissue known as a lipid (molecules that contain hydrocarbons helping to make up the structure of cells and aid in their function. Other lipids include oils, waxes, vitamins, and hormones). It is present in a few different forms throughout the body- white fat, brown fat, subcutaneous fat, and visceral fat. “Subcutaneous” vs. “visceral” refer to where in the body it’s located, and white and brown refer to the function (classified by color) of the fat cell itself.