Are You Addicted to Tanning?

As summer looms closer, many people start to realize their blindingly pale skin and hit the tanning bed. But, according to a new study published in the March 2007 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, tanning may not only be a self-esteem booster, but a real addiction as well.

The study used a testing tool to gauge the presence of a substance-related disorder to determine whether some college students could really be hooked on tanning, as if it was a drug or substance. 18% of the students who admitted to purposely tanning their skin scored positive on this test, indicating they could be addicted to UV light.

Our society tends to associate being bronzed with attractiveness, and I don’t know why that is. I have to admit that the tanner I am, the better I feel about myself. But I have to ask myself if it’ll be worth it in the long run. What do you think? Could you be a tan-o-holic?

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