tanorexia image from New Medical Terms



A popular portmanteau* for a disorder characterised by a seemingly compulsive drive to spend large blocks of time tanning under the sun or in a tanning bed, due in part to self-perception that one is too pale. 

*Combining tan– with –orexia, which colloquially translates as excess of 

While it is not recognised as an addiction by the American Psychiatric Association, some data (J Am Acad Dermatol, 54(4): p. 709-711, 2006) suggest that tanning releases endorphins, and opioid blockers can trigger a withdrawal syndrome. 

The image is of Patricia Krentcil, a moron from New Jersey who was arrested (thank you, authorities) and charged with child endangerment after her 5-year-old daughter was spotted at school with a sunburn.

Synonym Tanning dependence, tanning obsession

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