What are hip dips?

Hip dips are naturally occuring, inward curves – anlong the side of your body, just below the hip bone.

They are not a sign of being healthy, unhealthy, overweight or underweight. Although the amount of body fat you have can make hip dips more noticeable and can be the result of having a higher level of muscle mass, it’s important to remember that hip dips are a part of your bone structure and, while you can enhance your body shape through exercise and diet, you cannot change your bone structure. 1

What causes hip dips?

The cause of hip dips is your hip bones that do not have a lot of skin and fat. Hip dips can be affected by genetics, weight gain or loss, or hip surgery from the past. Your pelvis bone structure is determined by genetics, and hip dips are a natural part of your hip bones that connect to your pelvis. Your pelvis and hip bones help determine the shape of the hip dips by connecting to the hip dip area.

Hip dips are a part of your hip bone structure that cannot be changed through exercise, weight loss, or any other method; however, although you can’t change your bone structure you can help fill the indent in with muscle or fat. 2

Social Media + Fact Check

Nowadays girls and women are bombarded with hourglass images on social media. Many people claim they never thought of their hips being a new insecurity until they saw articles or social media posts discussing this topic. Yet somehow hip dips have entered the body shaming realm of thigh gaps for example.

Please remember: Your hips – neither any other part of their body – is a „problem area“.


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