Could You Be a Tanorexic?

I treat anorexics but this was a new one for me. A “tanorexic” is a person who ignores the health risks and may need intervention to stop because of habitual tanning.

BY: Linda Mintle

 

Since I received a great response to my blog on tanning and teens, I wanted to add a little to that topic. Ever heard of “tanorexic?” I treat anorexics but this was a new one for me. A “tanorexic” is a person who ignores the health risks (skin cancers such as malignant melanoma) and may need intervention to stop because of habitual tanning.

According to psychiatry professor, Dr. Bryon Adinoff at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, tanning can be as addictive as drugs and alcohol. Read more:

So, I went to a tanning salon, sat in the lobby and watched people come and go for about 15 minutes. I know that was a little weird but I wanted to see who goes to tanning places. Maybe I could spot a “tanorexic.” Most of the customers I saw were teenage girls, but there was a steady stream of older women who came in for their regular appointments. The older women had really wrinkled skin so I didn’t understand why they would want to add more damage to their already damaged skin?

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