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WTF: When Tanning Goes Terribly Wrong

1:11 pm - 05/02/2012

Recently, a New Jersey mom was arrested for allegedly allowing her six-year-old daughter to catch some rays in the tanning booth after her daughter told the school nurse that her sunburn came from “tanning with mommy.” Although the mom said her daughter’s sunburn happened the old-fashioned way—playing outside—authorities weren’t buying it. They charged Patricia Krentcil with Second Degree Child Endangerment, and she’s now fighting to clear her name.

Despite Krentcil’s claims that she didn’t allow her daughter to hop in the tanning bed, a crime for anyone under the age of 14 in New Jersey, there is one thing that has to be working against her case: Her face.

(link to vid, as lj doesn't seem to like the embedding script)

Judging by her appearance on camera, Krentcil has spent many a day in the booth, so much so that I thought she was in blackface when I first glanced at the accompanying picture.

While child endangerment is a serious charge, I couldn’t stop myself from laughing hysterically as Krentcil explained the situation to her local news affiliate. I give them props, though. Throughout the entire news report no one mentioned her noticeably leathery skin or the fact that she looks utter ridiculous with her burnt sienna skin and too-blonde hair.

Although I can’t really comment on whether or not she endangered her child, judging by Krentcil’s skin she looks like she’s done enough damage to herself to last a lifetime.

chaya 2nd-May-2012 05:59 pm (UTC)
Yeah. Gambling deals directly with dopamine and so that makes sense to me, especially since there's so much history of completely irrational behaviors coming out of rational people (selling the family silver for another trip to the slots, etc etc). When it comes to things like food I'm not sure whether I agree or disagree... and when it comes to things like tanning, idk. I want to see the receipts. "Addiction" is so often misplaced nowadays on things like kids that want to play video games instead of doing homework... so I no longer assume there's a scientific basis behind the word's use anymore.
maladaptive 2nd-May-2012 06:13 pm (UTC)
I feel like food is different because food, unlike gambling/tanning/video games is something you need to live.

I also think that lay people use addiction for things they maybe shouldn't, like video games (I dunno how I feel about the self-destructive escapism some people exhibit being "an addiction" though, because that starts looking like one), but when it gets to the really bad points-- selling your house to continue gambling, doing something really self-destructive, I'm okay with it being labeled an addiction. Since you get the same dopamine hit and irrational behavior in other behavioral addictions.

And there are a bazillion other reasons she might go tanning, so I'm not saying this is definitely an addiction. Just that it's possible.
chaya 2nd-May-2012 06:15 pm (UTC)
I feel like food is different because food, unlike gambling/tanning/video games is something you need to live.

Kind of a moot point since behaviors categorized as food addictions are not just... general addictions to food, but rather to overeating to a super high level, or eating specific very unhealthy food.
iolarah 3rd-May-2012 08:45 pm (UTC)
In university, we were taught that addiction is only an addiction when a substance is ingested that passes through the brain-blood barrier and causes physiological changes, and thus any behaviour which causes a release of dopamine or other endogenous chemicals does not fall into the category of true addiction. I suspect that in time, we'll see two different sets of criteria: physiological addiction and psychological addiction, one exogenous and one endogenous, because the commenter above is right; the language used to describe compulsive behavioural patterns has a huge amount of overlap with addictive behaviours.
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