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Tanorexia

Lots and lots of anecdotes (though no actual statistics) in a New York Times article on some teenagers' current obsession with tanning:

"When you think of getting ready for a party, you think, 'I'll get my hair done, get a manicure and go tanning,' " the [anonymous] Horace Mann student said. "My friends and I call each other tanorexic. It's like you can't get tan enough."

Apparently, many teenagers obsess about their appearance, and think they're gonna, you know, live forever.

[NB: The term tanorexia seems to have some currency already....]

May 27, 2002 1:29 PM

Comments

I am a student from Moon Area High School in Pennsylvania. I know many students (practically the whole sophmore class) has the obbsession of tanning, to the point where people who don't tan, just burn, are considered "not cool" or "losers".
Infact they are made fun of, if they have sun burned skin. But tanning is actually the same thing, its just a brown pigment instead of a red pigment when the suns rays bring it out. I think our student body really needs education in skin care and sun damage (people still think tans are safe), which we don't have at all, even in health class.

Posted by Jen on July 3, 2002 6:59 PM

All of my freinds consider themself to having "tanorexia", an obsession with getting tan. Last week I was at the beach with my friends, and after a day in the sun, which is enough damage, that wasn't good enough for them. They ended up going to the tanning bed. I mean going in the tanning bed at the beach? I think it's just gone way too far.

Posted by Ericka on July 5, 2002 2:14 PM

I totally agree all the friends feel like they have to tan every week and if they can't they get all pissed off. They all are inscribed to the tanning beds. This si the line usually heard, "We'll go out saturday but before i have to get my nails done and go tanning." I know some who do it like every day. The one's who can't tan still go to the tanning salons as if it will change they go and tan but turn red instead of brown, it's so sad. What can be done though?

Posted by Asia on July 6, 2002 9:38 PM

i know a guy that owns his own sun-lamp. i know a girl who sometimes tans twice a day (at two different places of course). personally i prefer the way i look after after moderate tanning in the real sun.
im doing some research on this horrible teenage hobby...trying to decide if its just a hobby or more of a lifestyle.
could the feeling of tanning in a bed be as good for someone as smoking a cigarette is for another?

help me out. what do you think

Posted by maggie on July 19, 2002 10:17 AM

Tanning doesn't seem like a hobby to me; it's more about wanting to look a certain way. It only feels good if you think it makes you look better.

Self-image is tricky. I think people look best when they're healthy — when they're active and taking care of themselves. It definitely makes sense to take care of your appearance, too, but when it comes at the expense of your health I genuinely think it looks bad. So to me, someone who's tanning so much probably doesn't look too good.

My feelings about this probably aren't like those of your typical teenager, though. And it's natural to care what your friends and classmates think; it's definitely a factor to think about.

But that doesn't mean it has to decide what you do. In the end, you have to do what feels best to you without hurting yourself. Getting some moderate color in the real sun, as you say, sounds reasonable. And you can probably do it without risking your health, assuming "moderate" means what I think it means — just be sure to use plenty of sunscreen, and don't stay out too much.

One last thing I'd say: Lots of parents and teachers talk about your health like it's this burden you have to worry about and protect. But that's a bad way to think about it — your health is something to feel really good about. Deep tans are a symptom of skin damage. You shouldn't be ashamed of healthy skin, you should feel good about it — no matter what shade it is.

Posted by M on July 19, 2002 2:44 PM

my best freind goes tanning like twice a week and she is like black already. she goes to the beach and then after the beach will go in the tanning bed. She is crazy, she doesnt even care about the future(cancer, leathery skin) All she cares about is the present, and how beautiful she can look.

Posted by Tom on July 31, 2002 1:08 PM

I am a 16 year old girl who in fact does suffer the tanorexia syndrome. And it is a true syndrome. you know how anorexics think there fat but there not? thats like me...i dont think im tanned at all...and i dont know when enough is enough..yet my friends tell me i dont even look like a white person. in the summer im stressed because all i worry about is getting a tan..its actually sick...Presently it is january and i go tanning every other day...so 4 times a week if i can. I know i will probably wind up with skin cancer and gross skin...but its true all i care about is what i look like now. I wish i didnt ahve this syndrome but i do...and its real.

that was just so you guys can all get a real perspective on this issue..its not a joke, its serious, and im going to do all i can to stop.

Posted by Lindsay on January 6, 2003 6:54 PM

well im 21 years old and i finally admit i have tanorexia. I love to tan and i cant get enough of it. It is january and i have already been tanning since september. I usually dont go to much in the summer maybe 2 or 3 times a week but now that it is winter i go 7 days a week,if i cant go i get really upset,i need help i have been doing this since age 17.i look so good though and i love the compliments. I know what it is doing to my skin but i dosnt stop me

Posted by marisa on January 21, 2003 10:45 PM

My mom was diagnosed with skin cancer 5 years ago and I STILL go tanning. I guess i do it because it boosts my confidence more if i'm tan. I'm doing a "scholarly paper" for school on the subject and i've come up with a lot of statistics on the rates of cancer and stuff, but i still don't think i'm going to stop tanning. Even though i know my risk of getting cancer is higher than a lot of people. But seriously, i think there should be a law against younger kids doing it. like, say...below 18??

Posted by Chelsea on January 24, 2003 11:15 AM

I am 16 years old and truly believe I have tanorexia. I have my own tanning bed, and I tan just about every single day. If I have to skip a day for some reason, I get really upset. I am constantly stressed about being dark. Tanning boosts my confidence and I feel like I HAVE to be tan or else I will go crazy and I will be ugly. I hear all this about skin cancer and damage but it doesn't stop me. My mom tries to stop me from using the tanning bed so when she's not home I sneak and use it anyways. I can't get enough of it and I hate feeling like this, but there's nothing I can do about it!

Posted by Megan on February 18, 2003 9:43 PM

My best friend has tanorexia. She is a pale girl and when she goes tanning she only gets a little color. After tanning she gets wild painful headaches and stomaches yet she still goes everyother day. When ever i ask her to go out she tells me she has to go tanning first. Im doing a paper at school to get more information on this disease so i can prove to her that she is suffering from it. If you have any personal information you would to share with me that would be great. Thanx

Posted by Anonymous on March 25, 2003 8:46 AM

I myself, have found that I MUST TAN everyday. If i do not, i lock myself in my room and shove my face as close to my lamp as possible just hoping I'll get a slight bit tanner. I have a whole closet full of tanning oil and during the summer I don't leave the poolside, even when it's time for dinner!

Posted by Brittany on April 3, 2003 8:35 AM

Let me start of by saying that you are all gullible. Very, very gullible. Since when is not-charred skin UNhealthy? Last time I checked, having skin cancer and a leathery complexion was NOT someone's idea of healthy. You've all been brainwashed by North American society.. have you considered any other types of beauty from around the world? Wake up and smell your goddamn skin FRYING.

Posted by look what society has done to you all on April 7, 2003 6:16 PM

it's me again!! I'm BAAACK! I'd like to share some good news!!!! My mom Theresa bought me my very own tanning bed which fits conveniently in my ROOM!!!! I put a pillow in it so i sleep in there at night instead!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can't believe how lucky I am... I no longer have to shove my face against lamps b/c i can tan all day everyday and all night LITERALLY!!!! I hope you all get your own tanning bed too... because there's nothing like it. PS: I Brittany Caralli DRINK tanning lotion!!!!!!!! it comes out my pours and makes me much tanner... my insides are tan as well!! Later.. I'll keep you posted!

Posted by Anonymous on April 21, 2003 9:00 AM

To the annonymous...
i believe tanners are not gullible due to the fact that i enjoy the smell of my burning skin. secondly, i have studied different types of beauty...such as africans, asians, etc. and they all have dark skin. maybe smelly, white europeans like yourself should hop in a tanning bed and experience the orgasmic sensation of false sunlight. thank you and goodnight.

Posted by Anonymous on April 21, 2003 9:03 AM

ok so i've just discovered the incredible sensation called TINGLE lotion. It makes my skin blotchy but i don't caaaaare!

Posted by brittany on April 22, 2003 9:49 AM

I'm a 17 year old girl, and I discovered tanning at the end of last summer. I used to be totally against it...I got mad at my sister when she would go...but I've gradually become obsessed with it. If I go two weeks without tanning, I get very upset and feel a little anxiety too. It's weird! And the worst part is, it's eating up all my money!

I think I'm becoming a tanorexic :(

Posted by shamefully tanning on May 29, 2003 11:03 PM

Ok, you girls need serious help!
I mean your skin is going to look like shit and be all wrinkled before your 30! I wont even start on skin cancer.

Get a life outside tanning.

Posted by me on June 26, 2003 6:48 PM

I must admit I like the more healthy look you get in summer when you've had a little sun. I wouldn't go as far as the tanning bed, though I did try it once. My skin itched and I just went blotchy instead of the health brown I see everyone else look.

I'll be sticking with the sun I get whilst out and about. It works better for me.

Posted by Dawn on July 23, 2003 3:17 PM

I'm 16 and I have been tanning for almost two straight years now. I can not stand being the slightest shade of white, I feel disgusted with myself. I know that I have an addiction and I think there should be more to help girls who have this. I think more than half of my highschool would be there. I spend a good $800 a year on tanning. I keep telling myself that I'll grow out of it someday ... hopefully they will find an effective way of safe tanning! Feel free to e-mail me.

Posted by Mandee on July 28, 2003 8:49 PM

While almost anything done in excecess can be bad for you, using a tanning bed to build up and maintain a base tan can be quite healthy. Tanning is the body's natural defence system against UV over-exposure, and while it can dry out the skin, tanning alone (whether indoors or outdoors) does not cause skin cancer. Getting a sun burn is what increase you chances for skin damage. For people who work or play outdoors and are exposed to high levels of sunlight, using a tanning bed to build and maintain a base tan can keep you from burning and actually prevent skin damage. I live and work outdoors at 9,000 feet in elevation where sun exposure is a problem year-round, and I was actually told by my dermatologist to try using a combination of indoor tanning and SPF lotions to protect my skin from damage. In addition, tanning and moderate UV exposure is actually necessary for the absorption of certain important vitamins and minerals (like Vitamin D) which actually prevent certain kinds of cancer. Still, it is extremely important to remember the saying, "All good things in moderation." Tanning is okay, but sleeping in a tanning bed? You better make sure your medical insurance covers dermatology!

Posted by CJ on August 8, 2003 8:14 PM

I know that tanning is bad for you, yet people are going to do it. I don't encourage people to tan, yet I think it looks great. A 35-year old tanorexic who has been tanning for the past twenty years may not sound attractive to most people, but to me tanorexics are beautiful. I know that this decades-old desire of mine isn't widely held, so if there is a single woman out there with that extremely tanned look, please e-mail.

Posted by Ontarioguy on August 14, 2003 4:53 AM

I am 32 years old. I still have a tan. I live in South Florida and I still feel I must go out in the sun for an hour or two every weekend. ( I tan easily) This is a HUGE improvement for someone who layed out in the sun every day after school when I was younger and for hours on weekends. I would literally schedule everything around laying out. If it rained one weekend I was crazy, at the first chance of sun I would rush outside to tan. It is really an addiction. I have had to force myself not to go out just to try and break the cycle. I will stare out the window pacing back and forth liked a caged tiger. Its sick. Now I am starting to show the effects of all those years. I am starting to get brown spots in patches on my face and they don't go away. People think I have makeup on my forehead or something. But I still go out. Its really hard to stop once you get started. I understand all of you.... I wish I wasn't like this... I see movie stars or other people with beautiful clear skin and I'm jealous now.

Posted by Caitlyn on August 30, 2003 11:50 AM

you are beautiful as you are and you dont need fake skin colour to prove it. who cares if christina aguilara or brittany speares wants to burn up their skin? thats their choice. dont give in to peer pressure or do something just becaues someone else is. i do not believe you people are 'sick' in the head or whatever. i believe tannorexics do have an illness. a psycological illness just like anorexics. good luck to those of you wanting to quit. its not easy and requires lots of willpower and effort. i really respect those who do try to quit. good luck to you all and i really hope you wont get skin cancer, premature aging and wrinkles which are usually the effects of years of fake tanning.

Posted by faeiry on September 19, 2003 4:15 PM

to have beautiful skin you dont need it to change colour, just to take care of it. moisturise etc. then you too will have 'beautiful clear skin'.

Posted by faeiry on September 19, 2003 4:17 PM

I was an obsessive tanner at the age of 18-19 when I went away to college (1985-1986). I am now 36 and spend well over $2000 a year on painful treatments at the dermatologist in an attempt to address the actinic keratoses a.k.a. precancerous lesions (small slightly discolored flaky spots about 1/4" wide) that spot my face, chest and arms. This is not a hereditary condition because my parents, grandparents and siblings all had great skin. My dermatologist assures me that they can be directly attributed to past sun exposure.

The common treatment for these lesions is freezing with liquid nitrogen, which is an extremely unpleasant procedure. The treated area becomes red and blistered within 24 hours of treatment and often takes weeks to heal entirely. Some spots are worse than others and often require a biopsy procedure in order to determine whether or not they've already turned cancerous. A biospy involves gouging out a very deep skin sample with a sharp round blade--basically you need a piece of skin that includes the full depth of your skin from surface all the way down to subcutaneous fat--and sending it away to a pathologist who examines it under a powerful microscope. Believe me, this is PAINFUL and also takes weeks to heal.

You "tanorexics" can probably already look forward to this. The only question is how bad it will be. Just realize that every bit of sun exposure you get from today on is only going to make it worse...

I now stick with "instant tan" products and don't leave the house without SPF 15 or 30 sunblock on.

Posted by hankholmes on January 9, 2004 5:05 PM

I am finally realizing I am a tanorexic. I have been tanning year round for the last 5 or 6 years. I go about 5 times a week. I am 23 years old. It never really seemed like a big deal, it just seemed like something I did after work, like a normal thing to do. But the more I look into it and think about it, it doesn't seem so normal to me anymore. I had a pre-cancerous spot that had to be removed on my leg already. I stopped tanning for about 2 weeks after that, but got right back into it all again. I don't know if I can really stop tanning altogether. I know I need to, I know all the bad effects that can and probably will happen, but I don't know if I can stop. It's pretty rediculous actually the more I think about this. I just think tanning makes me look better. I guess I will try cutting down on it, then maybe even cutting it out totally. I'll have to wait and see. I'll report back.

Posted by Semi-Admitted Tanorexic on January 21, 2004 4:41 PM

hi i think you should have more info on your site about tanorexia.Then we would be able to learn about it and discover the risks of tanning.we don't have tanorexia but if we learnt the symptoms maybe we would be able to help others that do.Do you have tanning problems? if you do then you would be able to learn more about it IF they had more info on this SITE!i hope everyone that has tanorexia will make it through this hard time in their life thank you for reading!
not telling

Posted by not telling on March 12, 2004 6:59 PM

hello...i also think that i am tanorexic, but i only go tanning once a week. Im writing an article on the dangers of tanning for my school newspaper and i think after finding out all the bad it can cause your skin i may stop for the summer

Posted by jennie on April 2, 2004 4:04 PM

no offence but ur all pretty tapped in the head if u rekon having a tan is more important than dying of skin cancer!!!

Posted by sara on April 29, 2004 3:13 AM

This is a discusting trend and seriously.. I hope these dumb ass girls get skin cancer. They deserve it.

Posted by Rainy on May 29, 2004 1:56 PM

I know what it feels like to be one of those girls who needs to have a tan constantly. I have been tanning for two years now. I feel like when I miss tanning for a while I begin to lose my tan. I also feel more attractive when after I tan. Although, I tan; I do not think that I would go to such extremes as buying my own tanning bed and sleeping in it. I feel that is unnecessary and unhealthy.

Posted by peg on June 29, 2004 3:29 PM

I'm 38 and have been lying in the sun since I was 15. It makes me feel good and look good. I've known for years that I was some-what "hooked" but never heard until today a real term for it. I'm miserable when it rains on weekends. I tan in a tanning bed and lay by the pool on weekends. This year I started wearing spf of 30 or more and have found I get even more brown. So, is it considered safe to tan using a SPF?

Posted by Mia on July 15, 2004 2:19 PM

"Confessions of an ex-tanorexic":
Any obsession to change yourself drastically from your natural form is - in my opinion - a sign that something is seriously wrong with your self-esteem. I speak from personal experience! You go on the sunbeds in the first place due to feeling inadequate AS YOURSELF, and then continue to feed that self-hatred the more you use them; instead of facing up to WHY you feel inadequate as just yourself, nothing more, nothing less.

It is comparable to eating disorders, something I also suffered with. At one point I was bleaching and straightening my hair to death, wearing full make-up every day, tanning like mad, AND starving myself to keep my weight way below what is healthy for me. Is it any wonder that I felt "lost" - after all, what on earth is left of your real self when you are masking it that much?

I took up yoga 3 years ago, and it has taken me pretty much all of that time to relinquish my addiction to (a) looking brown and (b) looking skinny. I think these 2 addictions probably go hand in hand a lot, esp when it comes to young women. It has taken me 3 years of healing and self-discovery to finally accept that I am (a)not meant to have a "six pack" (b)red-haired, and (c)WHITE! White skin, incidentally, is highly prized as "beautiful" in Middle Eastern and Asian cultures, because they sell more skin-lightening creams that way!

What our media-driven, consumerist society detests is not white skin, or wobbly thighs, but SELF-ACCEPTANCE. Because more money is to be made when we hate ourselves! And I am not talking about the kind of faux "self-acceptance" we hear in hip-hop songs (which seems to be largely built on material possessions), but genuine, loving self-acceptance - based on accepting ourselves and others, no matter what they look like. After all, if you had a beautiful little baby that you loved, would you put it in a sunbed? Of course not! So think about why you are doing that to YOURSELF, and why wouldn't you treat yourself with the same degree of love that you would the little baby? And don't forget that when WE were little babies, untainted by consumerism, we loved our bodies unconditionally!

As for male attention, girls, I cannot deny that I used to get a few more men chatting me up when I was skinny, blonde, and tanned. But now I have come to realise that it is QUALITY, and not quantity, that counts! Those men might have thought I had a great tanned six-pack, but I severely doubt that they would have been around to take care of me if I had suffered from some disfiguring accident. If you put all your energy into altering your appearance, then you will attract men who like you...ALTERED. But if you take a risk, stand out, be your wonderful self, you will actually attract lovers and friends who love you for who you are. Believe me, it really is true! 2 books I would recommend for any young woman suffering from low self esteem are "When women stop hating their bodies" and "Women, sex, and addiction"

"Tanorexia" IS a serious problem, so please stop kidding yourselves! I think it will only be a matter of time before we have 12 step programmes like "Tan-aholics Anonymous" (!) Please don't buy into the media myth any more, it is not real, and it can never, EVER make you genuinely happy.

Posted by Philippa on July 24, 2004 9:48 AM

hey guys im 17 and live in australia where its been proven to have the highest UV exposure in the world! yet i dont find it satisfying for me. I started tanning when i was in yr 9 it was for my 15th bday... i got a monthly unlimited voucher for this tanning salon down the road from me i was going close to everyday and it would be closed on sundays so i'd double up on saturday and go twice, since then i havent stopped im now 17 and more obsessed with tanning than ever!!!everyone tells me im gonna go all leathery and i will get skin cancer and while i know it all, i dont care right now because all i care about is what i look like at present time. i hate going out knowing i havent been to the solaruim in over 2 days because i feel just so white and well fat! to me tanning makes me feel attractive and thin, i cant stand my face being white i feel so ugly. IM OBSESSED with tanning and i have tanorxia... i seriously cant stop! i'll go to salons in summer if im not satisfied with my tan from the natural sun for that day... its so dangerous i just want to stop!

Posted by Anonymous on July 29, 2004 5:54 AM

hey guys im 17 and live in australia where its been proven to have the highest UV exposure in the world! yet i dont find it satisfying for me. I started tanning when i was in yr 9 it was for my 15th bday... i got a monthly unlimited voucher for this tanning salon down the road from me i was going close to everyday and it would be closed on sundays so i'd double up on saturday and go twice, since then i havent stopped im now 17 and more obsessed with tanning than ever!!!everyone tells me im gonna go all leathery and i will get skin cancer and while i know it all, i dont care right now because all i care about is what i look like at present time. i hate going out knowing i havent been to the solaruim in over 2 days because i feel just so white and well fat! to me tanning makes me feel attractive and thin, i cant stand my face being white i feel so ugly. IM OBSESSED with tanning and i have tanorxia... i seriously cant stop! i'll go to salons in summer if im not satisfied with my tan from the natural sun for that day... its so dangerous i just want to stop!

Posted by Anonymous on July 29, 2004 5:55 AM

For 'Anonymous' from Australia:

STOP DOING THIS TO YOURSELF! You're killing yourself and those people who love you are just seeing you wither away. You need help, we all just want to help you.

P.S- it doesn't make you thinner you chugger

Posted by Anonymous on July 29, 2004 6:07 AM

I don't know if any of you girls have ever heard of airbrush tanning? Almost exact same thing as tanning except it doesn't last as long... I'd hope that you would have enough sense to go try that instead of risking skin cancer and wrinkles when you're older. You're "tanorexia" can also leave you with an unhealthy radioactive glow [like Lindsay Lohan for instance] and that's not very cute.

Posted by Anonymous on August 19, 2004 4:25 PM

fake tans look horrible, and so do mystic tans...tanning is okay in MODERATION, check out tanningtruth.com it has some facts on there, tanning is not as bad as sunscreen companies like you to believe

Posted by Anonymous on August 26, 2004 3:03 AM

i try to go tanning as much as i can, i'm 16 years old and i definitely have somewhat of an addiction...although i'm not as half as bad as some of the stuff i am reading here,it's true, you really just can't help yourself...tanning makes you look so much better and makes you feel prettier and more confident. that's mostly why i do it, when i'm white i feel like clothes make me look fatter and not as attractive..it really sucks to have this, but what can ya do about it if it's the only thing that helps you get through your days?

Posted by Anonymous on August 27, 2004 2:32 AM

I was just reading up about tanning and found this website. I have never heard of tanorexia except once on a television show and I thought it was a joke. However, after reading people's comments I have realized it isn't. I can't help but look back at when I was 15 and how I went to tanning beds to look darker. I'm naturally a very light brown color, but that wasn't good enough so I had to go tanning and spend lots of money making myself look "gorgeous." Little did I realize that it was not me who thought I looked good with a tan, but I felt others around me would see me as beautiful, sexy, and healthy with a tan. So along came college and I was still tanning on and off, I loved the comments I got from boys at frat parties and how girls who weren't tanned seemed envious. I was always naturally skinny, so with a tan and my long high-lighted hair I truly felt like I was a movie star! Things changed as my junior year of college approached, I stopped tanning because I read a serious article about the health effects of too much sun exposure. The pictures of skin cancer were very scary, and the stories of patients suffering from skin cancer made me realize what harm I was doing to my body. I decided that I would be beautiful without a tan--to all the tanorexics I think this is the first step to end all that tanning. Because physical appearance was and still is very important to me, but I loved myself too much to harm my body any longer. I decided to stop tanning for six months and my skin returned to its normal color. I then entered a beauty pageant and won the title that night, and it was not until I heard everyone's compliments that I realized I didn't need to be tanned. Tanning was just what's on the outside, but this is easier said than done I can tell you. There were moments when I missed looking tanned, and I still do. But I want to have a healthy life, get married, have children, and the last thing on my mind I want to worry about is skin cancer. I think when I look at the bigger picture I realize that a tan on my body is not worth a future lifetime of wrinkles, pain, and disease.

Posted by c on September 27, 2004 9:01 PM

Tanorexia is real, and I admit to having it. I have tanned year-round for ten years since I was a fitness competitor in my teens, when you need to have that deep dark color. I use tanning beds 3-4 days a week and lie out in the summer. I usually try to stay at a mahogany or teak-brown level of tan because it shows my definition. But I moisturize carefully and take good skin care otherwise.

I hate to say it, but I have tried Mystic and sunless and I didn't like them compared to that rich color of a "real tan". I know, it's bad, but I love to be as dark as I can possibly get.

There is a forum for tanners and discussion of the pros and cons of tanning, www.iamtan.com.

Posted by bonnie on October 23, 2004 7:06 AM

I'm a producer for Good Morning America at ABC News, currently researching for a story about teen tanning. If you visit indoor tanning salon frequently, may I contact you by email or phone for a brief background interview?

Posted by Mable Chan on November 3, 2004 7:19 PM

Sure, you can contact me by clicking on my name and send me an e-mail. I'm not a teen anymore, but have tanned SINCE my teens, so I'm not sure if that counts!

Posted by bonnie on November 4, 2004 3:10 PM

my tanning obssession started last yr. Once I started I couldnt stop!lol...If I missed one day of tanning I would freak out and feel like casper the ghost..my sister always jokingly told me i had a problem , that I looked black and if i couldnt see that I was "sick"...eventually I recovered but am sad to say have fallen back into this routine...*sigh* it is a problem

Posted by Kelly on November 9, 2004 1:41 PM

I am 21 and have been going to tanning beds regularly since 18. I usually go once a week to keep a base tan. Would this be considered a serious problem with negative health effects even if its in moderation?

Posted by Jenn on December 9, 2004 11:34 PM

Hi, I'm a reporter for the Colorado Daily, and am writing an article on tanorexia. - If anybody here is willing to give me some quotes - please click on my name and email me ASAP - it would be a great help! Just email you opinion on anorexia or your experiences!! Thanks!

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Posted by meridia on January 12, 2005 3:29 AM

I am 35 yrs old and I am tanorexia, I have been tanning since I was 15 yrs old. I started tanning at the age of 15 because a boy came up to me in school and said you are so white, you need some color. I have my own tanning bed since last march 2004, and I have been tanning everyday in it for 30 mins, all my friends tell me I need to skip some days but I cant, it is so hard. When I look in the mirror I still see myself white. If I dont tan, I get very upset. My husband thinks that I am crazy because I have 12 cases of tanning lotion (diffrent brands). I ask my husband to lay in the tanning bed, to try it, he lay in it for 5 days in a row and got very dark (darken the me) after 5 days he stop and said it's not for me. I love to tan, it makes me feel better about myself. I know that I need help-but where do I get it from.

Posted by Tammy on January 18, 2005 1:29 AM

My name is Michelle and I am tanorexic. I tan everyday and I dont misss a day. I use to go to the tanning salon, but I have my own tanning bed at home. I am in my mid 30's, When I was a teenager, my best friend work at a tanning salon and she would let me tan for free. I love to tan. My husband is black and I am almost darker then him (Mike). I have blonde hair and blue eyes and everybody said that I wouldnt never get a tan (when I was a teenager). Well I got very dark and still is dark.

Posted by Michelle on January 19, 2005 2:00 AM


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