Teen Girls' Tanning Habits Are Influenced by Moms, Study Says

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A new study shows that 40 percent of teen girls have their first tanning salon experience with their moms, and those girls are five times as likely to be "heavy tanners" in college.

The small study, published in the December issue of the journal Archives of Dermatology, included 227 women ages 18 to 30, who were all undergrads at East Tennessee State University. The group of girls who started tanning with their moms also were more likely to start tanning two years earlier than the others, starting at age 14 instead of 16.
So what do moms have to do with it? Katie Baker, a doctoral student at East Tennessee State says, "I grew up in a community where indoor tanning was prevalent, and young women who want to start tanning before they reach 16 or 17 have to rely on their mother to not only transport them, but to pay for their tanning."

But many states restrict those under 18 from indoor tanning altogether, hoping to prevent teens from exposing themselves to the UV beds, which are categorized as class I carcinogens.

What about you? Do you go to tanning salons? When did you start, and did you go with your mom? Let us know about your experience in the comments.


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