9 Secrets Tanning Salons Don't Want You to Know
Indoor tanning can cost you your healthy skin and your life, so how are these salons staying in business? Find out
"Tanorexia" is a real diseaseA disorder that means a tanned person never feels like they are "tan enough" is a real issue; one that has garnered the street term, "tanorexia."
In a study published in the "Archives of Dermatology," behavioral scientists found that a subgroup of college students who tanned indoors showed tell-tale signs of a substance-related disorder -- meaning they were hooked on tanning the same way people are addicted to drugs and alcohol. These frequent tanners, or "tanorexics," were also "more likely to report moderate to severe symptoms of anxiety and depression than their peers who were not addicted to tanning or did not tan at all," says "Time" magazine.
All of the addicted students polled knew that they could develop skin cancer from using tanning beds, but 98 percent said the risk didn't prevent them from wanting to be more tan.
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