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Housecall for Health: Tan Mom Inspires “Tanorexia”

A new medical term, although made up, is now being used by Americans to describe people with an addiction to tanning.  The term has come about thanks to a woman charged with child endangerment for bringing her daughter into a booth at a tanning salon.

FOX News Radio’s Hank Weinbloom reports in today’s “Housecall for Health”:

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People talked about it, comedians joked about it; the New Jersey mother who spends lots of time in the tanning booth.  It’s being called “tanorexia,” excessive tanning.  

There is no such medical term, but research has shown people can get addicted.  They say the process of tanning releases endorphins, which make you feel good, and people can get hooked on that.  But the skin cancer risk and the leathery skin would make most people think twice about overdoing it.

Housecall for Health, I’m Hank Weinbloom, FOX News Radio.




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