Beauty reality shows fans are more likely to tan

28 Jan 2013, 11:22
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According to the study, based on the surveys of 576 students conducted in the City University of New York, people, teenagers in particular, are more susceptible to get tanned because of the TV reality shows.


Watching reality TV was tied to both indoor and outdoor tanning.


Among people who watched the beauty shows, 13 percent had used tanning lamps in the last year and 43 percent had tanned outdoors for more than two hours at a time. In comparison, less than four percent of non-watchers used tanning lamps and 29 percent tanned outdoors.


Not surprisingly, women were ten times more likely to use tanning lamps than men, according to findings published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.


It's possible the programs may directly encourage viewers to tan because they imply tanned people are cooler and more attractive.

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