According to the Food and Drug Administration, 30 million Americans use indoor tanning beds each year. These devices are related to more than 400,000 cases of skin cancer each year.
In 2012, a mother named Patricia Krentcil was accused of taking her five-year-old daughter into a tanning booth with her. Patricia’saddiction to tanning bedsmade headlines across the country and put a spotlight on the dangerous obsession known as “tanorexia.”
Patriciafaced child endangerment charges whenschool officials noticed burns on her daughter’s legs. While the charges were eventually dropped,her bizarre appearance made Patricia, a.k.a “Tan Mom” an overnight sensation.
These days, the 48-year-old mother of three from Nutley, New Jersey looks very different. Since leaving her horrible habit behind, she’s barely recognizable.
Patricia’s family grew so concerned about her health that she finally decided to quit the tanning beds. Not only did she admit her obsession was a massive mistake, but she also went public with a dark secret she’d been hiding at the same time… a secret that could have explained her odd behavior and self-destructive patterns.
Hopefully, Patricia will continue getting the help she needs. Watch the video below to hear what Patricia has to say about the reasons for her scary addiction, and please SHARE her story with your friends on Facebook.
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