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Thursday
Aug022012

Tanning Mom Isn’t Tan Anymore

Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The “Tanning Mom” has stopped tanning.

When we last saw Patricia Krentcil, she was nationally notorious for tanning five times a week. She first made headlines when she was accused of allowing her 6-year-old daughter (5 years old at the time) to use a tanning booth. She denied the allegations after she was arrested and charged with second-degree child endangerment.

But now Krentcil has turned over a new leaf. She took a challenge from the magazine In Touch to stay out of the UV rays, both real and artificial, for an entire month.

The results are quite shocking for the Nutley, N.J. mom.  She says people tell her she looks so much better.  Krentcil, 44, reveals to the magazine on stands now that she is still indulging in self-tanning lotion, however.

“I feel weird and pale,” Krentcil told the magazine.

Krentcil has admitted she’s battled in the past with what doctors dubbed “tanorexia.”

“Everyone says I look so much better less tan,” Krentcil told the magazine at their July 19 photo shoot.

Krentcil also told the magazine she’s “done with tanning for now” but will still probably “squeeze a tan in here or there.”

And as for her daughter Anna, Krentcil said, “She plays with her Barbie dolls while I tan.”

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Monday
Aug152011

'Tanorexia': Study Shows UV Light Activates Addictive Parts of Brain

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(DALLAS) -- Even though she has been diagnosed with skin cancer five times in the past 11 years, Lori Greenberg says she still dreams about tanning.

"You need it almost on a daily basis," the Wayland, Mass., woman said Monday. "If you don't ... you feel like you go through withdrawals. It's almost like Xanax or Valium."

She's convinced that she has "tanorexia," or an addiction to tanning. And a new study suggests that she might be right.

Researchers have believed for several years that tanners exhibit similar behavior to alcoholics and drug addicts.

"Certain regions of the brain we know are responsible, partially responsible for drug and alcohol addiction seem to have increased blood flow when you put UV [ultraviolet] light in front of these individuals who are known for frequent tanning," Dr. Charles Samenow, a psychiatrist and professor at George Washington University, said Saturday.

Nearly 30 million Americans tan indoors every year and more than one million visit tanning salons every day.

Now scientists say they've seen that addiction firsthand, by peering into the brain.

According to findings due to be released in the journal Addiction Biology, scientists at University of Texas' Southwestern Medical Center examined a group of tanners undergoing a regular, indoor tanning session.

When the ultraviolet light, which tans the skin, hit the tanners' bodies, the parts of their brains associated with reward and addiction lit up, indicating increased blood flow.

When researchers blocked the UV light, without telling the tanners, the same parts of the brain dimmed and became less active.

"We've found 50 percent of frequent tanners, sunbathers report feelings similar to other addiction," said study author Dr. Bryon Adinoff, an addiction psychiatrist at the University of Texas' Southwestern Medical Center. "They're unable to cut down their tanning. Life focused around getting tan. They get skin cancer and they still tan. These are the kinds of things that we see in people with other kind of addictions."

The researchers' conclusion: UV light revs up addictive urges. They say that the addiction is likely not limited to tanning indoors but also outdoors.

Greenberg, 40, said she was cancer-free, even though doctors last month had found a recurring site for malignant melanoma. She said she still couldn't resist the urge to tan. "I'd say no [to laying out] but I would be lying," she said.

"I smoked before," she said. "I stopped, and I don't have lung cancer. ... Sun-tanning? I have skin cancer and yet I still go."

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