Tanorexia: The hip, sexy way to blow money and ruin your health!
Clearly, more research needs to be done to determine if tanning can actually become an addictive behavior, with the endorphin rush that characterizes other addictions. However, as a former sun worshiper and one-time tanning bed patron, I can definitely attest to the intense feeling of relaxation that characterizes a day spent in the sun or a half hour spent on the bed. I wonder how long it will be before somebody develops a "tanning patch" to help "tanorexics" break the addiction. In the meantime, it seems like regular application of an spf 60 sunscreen would be a cheap and easy alternative to melanoma!
Bruce Watson is a freelance writer, blogger, and all-around cheapskate. He still sometimes dreams of the soft breezes and unnatural glow of the tanning bed.