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Is Tanorexia Real?
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Olivia_WebMD_Staff posted:
Following up on the tanning bed story from a couple of weeks ago, the term "Tanorexia" was being tossed around quite a bit in the media. We asked our Healthy Skin blogger, dermatologist Debra Jaliman, MD, to write a piece explaining Tanorexia .

What do you think?

Do you know anyone who could have this problem?
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PooperScooper22 responded:
Nothing pressing in the American media, eh?
 
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Debsbears responded:
Yes I know someone but she NEVER took her children with her. She is now 55 yrs old and looks 75. They think they look good in the "tan" skin but to us they are down right ugly.

We all told my friend that it wasn't healthy for her to go tanning 3 times a week but she never listened until she got skin cancer - and her dermatologist had to do surgery on her arm and back. I real wake up call.

I went 2 times about 25 yrs ago but could not stand the heat and I also thought it was boring just laying there doing nothing. Nothing impressive to me.
 
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butterflygarden responded:
I fear a friend of my college-age daughter is headed down this road.

This 20-year-old tans all year 'round to keep her glow. She already looks older than my daughter, and they are so YOUNG!

I hope she comes to her senses before she looks like this poor woman in the news.

Interesting to know that there is a reason behind the compulsion.

Butterfly


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