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A popular term for a rare condition with features of a psychological addiction disorder, which is characterised by a ‘compulsive’ drive to spend large amounts of time tanning under the sun or in a tanning bed, due in part to self-perception that one is too pale
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A growing addiction especially among young women is tanorexia - the desire to be permanently tanned.
As a result, tanning becomes a compulsion similar to behavior associated with eating disorders such as anorexia - giving rise to the non-clinical designation of tanorexia.
The 36-item questionnaire included demographic data (gender, age, place of residence) questions about reason for sunbed, exposure to artificial and natural UVR, knowledge about UVR exposure, skin type, tanning methods, hygiene in the tanning salons, sunbeds in children and youths, side effects of solar radiation, solar radiation protection, tanorexia, sources of knowledge on tanning.
There is even a new name for it: forget anorexia, tanorexia is the new disease of the celeb-aspiring young.
Washington, May 19 (ANI): Tanorexia, or an addiction to tanning, can be harmful, according to experts.
RUNCORN'S Nicola Roberts goes on a personal journey in The Truth About Tanning (BBC3, 9pm) to explore the culture and consequences of tanorexia among young people, and the extremes to which they will go to get the perfect shade.
The statistics on skin cancer are stark enough and reasonably easy to understand, so what is to be done ab out people like 13 year -oldHayley Barrow -a ``victim'' of tanorexia,or addiction to sunbeds?
Megan says she would probably have carried on with her self-confessed tanorexia had it not been for a chance meeting with TV researchers.
Youngsters in the west of Scotland are at greatest risk from tanorexia.
Researchers say one in 10 women suffer from tanorexia - a compulsive desire for a permanent tan.
But the truth of the matter is that the tanorexia epidemic that has spread across Merseyside''s young female population has most definitely spread to the boys too.
Apologies to her if I am being too casual about this it's recorded there's a condition called tanorexia.