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Tanning Is Addictive, Study Says

Can You Be Addicted to Tanning?

Maybe so. A recent UK study suggests that college students who tan frequently can show patterns of behavior similar to those displayed by substance abusers. Additionally, the students who tanned the most and were most "addicted" to it were also more likely than others to display addictive behaviors in other areas of life and have more anxiety.

It's not clear from the study whether there are people who simply get easily addicted to anything, or whether tanning is addictive in and of itself because it creates a feeling of well-being. Do you think tanning could be addictive, or are people who tan compulsively possibly just that way about most things?

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ks-sunflower ks-sunflower 7 years
Considering that doctors recommend artificial sunlight devices for people suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) because their bodies need more serotonin or melatonin to avoid deep depression in the winter months, I think it is entirely possible for people to become physically addicted to tanning if tanning does indeed, as a doctor quoted in the article suggests, produces "feel good" chemicals. That would certainly explain why some people experience withdrawal symptoms.
skigurl skigurl 7 years
i only know one person who i would say is "addicted" but i think it's more of an OCD thing than an addiction...her routine says "tan" and so she can't help but do it or else freak out but i don't think your body is physically addicted...you may just be obsessed with the look and therefore choose to do it
kiwitwist kiwitwist 7 years
yes, I know a few people who are!! So much so that they actually look scary.
ichicas ichicas 7 years
yes you can. My BFF is addicted to tanning...now she was wrinkles regrets it and is still doing it.
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