Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Tanning beds addictive? Who knew?

According to this article in the Ottawa Citizen, tanning beds may be addictive.

Individuals who use UV tanning beds may meet the criteria for addiction, a study released Monday said. [Subjects] showed signs of tanning addiction, based on measures used to judge other forms of addiction, including substance abuse. "In addition to the desire for appearance enhancement, motivations for tanning include relaxation, improved mood, and socialization," researchers wrote in the Archives of Dermatology.

I especially like the rationale, being that motivations including “relaxation, improved mood, and socialization” constitute addictive behaviour. By that measure I am addicted to golf, motorcycling, sporting events, parties, and long lunches, so where do I go to apply for disability benefits?


deBeauxOs said...

You're leaving out an important indicator of addiction.

When a dependence upon a substance or an activity becomes damaging or dangerous, leads to injury, disease or death or harms other people, that goes beyond mere "relaxation, improved mood, and socialization" particularly if withdrawal precipitates anxiety.

deBeauxOs said...

Allô? Was my comment that objectionable?

LDUTheCoach said...

I am not a huge fan of tanning, but you know what, I have been in those beds before and they just don’t seem to do anything for me. I lay in their bored out of my mind for 10-15 minutes and come out with some artificial orange looking tan. On top of that, during summer months, I’ll go out and get my natural tan but I don’t need to make me skin look at all leathery to be attractive… It’s gross. I find women who have leathery orange-ish skin just hideous. Finally someone actually agrees with me on how stupid all this is… … and by no means does this Dr. Richalds guy hold back … wow

Canajun said...

deBeauxOs - Sorry about that, missed the notification a comment had been received.
I am being somewhat facetious and I do realize there's a lot more to true addiction than simply what the article's author wrote. I just couldn't resist poking fun at the simplistic view presented in the article.

Canajun said...

LDUthe coach - I'm with you on that.