You’re surely aware of all of the information out there clearly explaining why tanning salons are absolutely, unquestionably not a good idea?
Evidently, young America has yet to get the memo.
As a new report from JAMA Internal Medicine found:
Among non-Hispanic white female high school students, 29.3% engaged in indoor tanning and 16.7% engaged in frequent indoor tanning during the previous 12 months. The prevalence of indoor tanning and frequent indoor tanning increased with age.
These numbers — about 1/3 of high schoolers tanning within the past year — are surprisingly static. A study done by the CDC in 2010 also found about a third of young white women reported indoor tanning.
What’s going amiss? I talked to Emily Colson, a high school senior in South Carolina whose experience closely mirrors the study’s findings. She first started using tanning beds as a freshman, relying on them for occasions with high expectations, like prom and the first week of summer. “I don’t like being pale or being pasty – I think I look a lot better when I’m tanner,” she said. Continue reading