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Are You Tanorexic?

Tanning addiction is a rare syndrome where an individual appears to have a physical or psychological addiction to sunbathing or the use of tanning beds.

Serious cases of tanorexia can be considered dangerous because many of the more popular methods of tanning (such as those mentioned above) require prolonged exposure to UV radiation, which is known to be a cause of many negative side effects, including skin cancer!

It has always been hard for me to understand why people would want to risk their health and life to look better. I completely understand that it feels great to be confident with your appearance, but isn’t life more than just your appearance?

Is it really that important to be a shade darker?

fake tan

You look worse with a fake tan!

Obviously, for some people it is, and it is a growing problem.

I believe that a tanorexic shares the same mental disorder as an anorexic. It is called body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). BDD is a mental disorder in which one is extremely critical of his or her physique or self-image to an obsessive and compulsive degree. People suffering from BDD will do anything to “look better” which eventually leads to them damaging their body.

According to the New York Times, tanning beds are one of the main causes of Melanoma.

“Along with an increase in white-collar workers seeking outdoor recreation on weekends, the use of tanning beds is viewed as a reason that Idaho consistently has one of the highest rates of melanoma deaths in the country.”

Now, however, some state legislators are trying to pass a measure that would ban “children 15 and younger” from using tanning salons. I have to completely agree with this because why does a child 15 or younger need to go tanning?

It is these terrible role models on reality television that influence young children to go tanning, smoke cigarettes and act like morons. Yes, I’m talking about the idiots that hangout at the Jersey Shore.

bad fake tan

Does this really look good?

If a child is tanning at that age, the parent either has mental issues, or they are just a morally pathetic person (See Patricia Krentcil).

So before I share the symptoms of Tanorexia, I wanted to share a few of my opinions concerning all of the women that tan every single day:

  • You look better without the fake tan
  • You look better naturally
  • Your fake tan is obvious and not attractive at all
  • You look stupid with a fake tan in the winter
  • You look better without skin cancer..
  • You look better alive..

So, are you a Tanorexic?

Symptoms

  • Anxiety if a session of tanning is missed
  • Competition between friends to see who can get darker
  • Chronic frustration about skin color
  • Thinking your skin color is lighter than it actually is
  • Using a tanning bed more than 3 times a week

If you feel that you match these symptoms, there is a good chance that your odds of getting skin cancer have increased.

Smarten up.

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