More than one in four teens and young adults show signs of "tanorexia" or tanning dependence, leaving them craving the sun or a tanning bed in much the same way addicts yearn for alcohol or drugs, a new study shows.

Researchers at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia examined the tanning habits of 400 college students aged 18 to 24, using the same framework that defines substance addictions. They found that 27 per cent showed signs of "tanorexia," based on answers to questions like "Do you think you need to spend more and more time in the sun to maintain your perfect tan?" and "Does this (your belief that tanning can cause skin cancer) keep you from spending time in the sun or going to tanning beds?"


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