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Volume 893: debated on Monday 9 June 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will consult the Medical Research Council to ascertain its views on the existence of cellulite in the human body and the part it is alleged to play in the causation of obesity; and if he will publish the advice he receives in the Official Report.

The Medical Research Council informs me that tests carried out under its auspices, using microscopic and biochemical techniques, have revealed no difference between samples of adipose tissue taken from so-called "cellulite" areas of the body and those from other sites, and no evidence that any such "substance" plays a part in the causation of obesity.