Evidence Tanning Is Addictive

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If people know that excessive
exposure to UV rays causes cancer, why do they still insist on grilling
themselves? Health psychologists would love to know the answer so they could
help curb the growing rates of skin cancer. The obvious answer is that people
think that tanned skin makes them look more attractive, but this is not the
whole story.
Research has suggested that UV
rays provide a relaxing effect through an endorphin rush. Building on this, new
research asks whether tanning might actually be addictive. In questioning 145
beachgoers in the US, researchers used models only slightly modified from those
used to describe substance-related disorders like drug addiction.
The study’s authors argue that
thinking of tanning as a form of addiction may help to design better ways of
discouraging excessive tanning.
the author
Psychologist, Jeremy Dean, PhD
is the founder and author of PsyBlog. He holds a doctorate in psychology from
University College London and two other advanced degrees in psychology.
He has been writing about
scientific research on PsyBlog since 2004. He is also the author of the book
“Making Habits, Breaking Habits” (Da Capo, 2003) and several ebooks.
Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.