Tanorexia is a severe addiction to tanning. The people who suffer from this mental disorder always feel like they are never quite dark enough, so they continue to tan, outside or in tanning beds just so they can get darker skin. This form of addiction is dangerous and it mimics a body image disorder. Many look at these people and laugh or think this is funny, but tanorexia is far from funny. It is a disorder that can cause cancer, such as melanoma and other skin diseases or conditions. Cancer can develop at a very young age. In fact, melanoma is on the rise, affecting many women in their 20's and 30's. 70% of individuals who suffer from tanorexia are young women. Usually, at these young ages, permanent skin damage was done prior to the age of 18. This is also a clear indication that parents need to be educated about this condition and teach their children to wear sunscreen, even on cloudy days. In most cases, tanning can take over a person's life. They may actually stop going to social outings just so they will not miss a session of tanning. Sadly, those who suffer from the addiction do not realize that they have a serious problem. Others may snicker at them, but no one is actually serious with them to tell them that they need help. Tanorexia is an addiction, such as smoking, alcoholism, etc. Some symptoms may include the following:
- Intense anxiety if a session of tanning is missed,
- Competition among peers to see which can get the darkest tan
- Chronic frustration about the color of one's skin
- Constant need to tan and the belief that one is never dark enough.
If you or someone that you know is suffering from these symptoms or believes that they may be a victim of tanorexia, it is important for them to get help immediately. This is a life threatening situation and has potential to pass these bad habits to children.
LIFE OF A TANOREXIC!
- INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COUNSELORS AND THERAPISTS!
- Dr. Oz’s Healthy Sun Worship Plan for Tanorexics:
GALLERY OF TANOREXIA!
ORANGE IS NOT A COLOR...
2 HOT 2 TAN!
Written By: Te-Shandra Haskett, MBA
"Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him. For God's temple is holy, and you are that temple