Considering Excessive Tanning as an Addiction

As the summer days approach it is important to consider our body image. Not only do we pay attention to weight issues but a topic that is not often discussed is excessive tanning. Studies now show that tanning can be addictive as well. An article describing this states, “Underlying psychiatric distress, including anxiety disorders and substance abuse, may explain why some individuals continue to tan even after experiencing serious negative consequences, such as skin cancer, new research suggests”.

The article stated the physical or dermatological damages that can result from tanning. These include skin cancer amongst others. However, research noted that people who use extreme tanning may score high on obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). Additionally, they found the “addictive” part of it.

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J Am Acad Dermatol. 2014;70:474-480. Abstract

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