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Can You Get Addicted to Sunbathing?

Dr. Frances Levin in the Wall Street Journal
July 29, 2016

July 18, 2016 – One expert, Dr. Frances R. Levin, explains the difference between being addicted and just making poor choices. Studies have shown that the older a person is before beginning exposure to a harmful behavior, generally the lower the incidence of addiction and its severity. “So even though sunbathing is not yet considered an addiction, we know a lot of sun is bad for us, so I like the idea of not letting 15-year-olds on a tanning bed,” Dr. Levin says. “While we don’t want to minimize the impact of harmful behaviors, we have to be careful about labeling things as addictive or a disorder, until we have more data,” she cautions.

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