Should your local tanning salon display more than a skin cancer warning -- one for tanning addicition? Are you tanorexic?
When exposed to UV rays, your body produces endorphins, brain chemicals that have a morphine-like effect.
A tanning addiction is known as "tanorexia."
True. Tanning addicts are also more likely to use alcohol, marijuana and other illicit drugs.
Forty percent of people addicted to tanning use tanning beds in addition to tanning in the natural sunlight.
Frequent tanners report feeling jittery, dizzy and nauseous when they don't have their UV-fix -- classic symptoms of withdrawal.
True. A study conducted by the Fox Chase Cancer Center found teens and young adults who compulsively tan are more likely to be thin.
Tanning addicts have a growing craving for UV exposure, coupled with the inability to control that craving.
Twenty-seven percent of compulsive tanners have symptoms of dependence, similar to the symptoms of a drug or alcohol addition.
Skin cancer, as well as premature aging and other health concerns, may be a consequence of tanning.
Tanning addiction is considered a psychiatric disorder.