Sideways from the ambitious biology student, the typical teenager almost certainly doesn't give a lot of thought to the American Medical Association. But with the far-reaching manipulate it has on their lives; you'd think they strength create paying notice.
- First, they made smoking in the boys' room definitely uncool. (Drag!)
- In May of 2006, they struck a deal with major soda companies to pull pop from school grounds. (That is so not sweet.)
- Now the AMA is recommending that commercial tanning beds be restricted. (Huh?)
The dark side of tanning beds.
That’s true. Commercial tanning beds are among the AMA's obverse page offenders to youth health. Trips to the tanning salon no longer top the teenage schedule only in the order of prom time. A rising number of high school teens, both male and female, are coating up to lie down in tanning beds. This performance at any age concerns dermatologists, but untimely, heavy use of commercial tanning beds warrants our notice for more reasons than melanoma. Here's why:
- Endorphins. Ultraviolet light, the type of light generated by commercial tanning beds, produces these feel-good hormones. Teens that frequently enjoy this flood of good approach are probable to move toward back for more, and the younger they are, the more prone they are to develop addictions. In fact, physicians sometimes prescribe drugs, similar to those given to meth addicts, to people who suffer from withdrawal symptoms upon quitting tanning.
- Self-esteem. Teenagers are more vulnerable to low self-esteem and indistinct body image than any other age group. If a rich, dark tan can proffer a psychological boost, tanning beds become a speedy fix for a deeper trouble.
- Peer pressure. The Achilles heel of adolescents. When friends seek out commercial tanning beds, friends typically follow suit. This puts the fair-skinned and freckled in a mainly precarious situation, as even limited exposure can cause lasting damage.
Laying down the law.
Many states, counting California, North Carolina, and Florida, have previously passed legislation restricting youngster access to commercial tanning beds, and legislation has been proposed in many more. California, for example, bans anyone under the age of 14 from using commercial tanning beds. Teens fewer than 18 need to arm themselves with parental consent forms to soldier past the checkpoints at commercial tanning bed salons.
A healthy tan.
Of course, not all the news about tanning beds is awful. Heliotherapy, the limited use of tanning and tanning beds, causes the brain to produce the hormone melatonin, which has shown promise in treating psoriasis, chronic pain, and insomnia. Melatonin has also demonstrated success in fighting cancer.
The parent's dilemma.
When your youngster comes calling for a signature, don't be astonished if they attempt to smuggle a tanning form in with their school permission slips. Talk with them about their reasons for flawed to tan, and create a choice if they're good quality enough. After all, tanning is a health issue, both physical and mental.