Tanning Addiction -- for Real

July 2, 2014 2:00 PM

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Tanning Addiction -- for Real

Remember the New Jersey "Tanning Mom," Patricia Krentcil, who was arrested in 2012 for allegedly taking her 5-year-old daughter into a tanning booth? Krentcil, a self-proclaimed "tanorexic" (a slang term used to describe a person who is psychologically or physically dependent on tanning) admits she loves to tan and has been sunbathing and going to tanning beds her whole life.

"I don't know Patricia, and have never talked to her, but at one point I heard she said she just needs to be really dark, and that it's hard for her to not be that way. If her obsession with tanning was putting her children at risk, it seems it got out of control," says Sherry Pagoto, Ph.D., associa...

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