Can You Get Addicted to Sunbathing?

July 27, 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.