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Tan Mom, Looking Tanner than Ever, Is Diagnosed With Tanorexia

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Avid tanner Patricia Krentcil was in court yesterday, pleading not guilty to child endangerment charges after school officials suspected that she took her 5-year-old child into a tanning booth. As part of a segment on ABC's Good Morning America, Krentcil said, "I've been tanning my whole life."

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ABC took a photo of Krentcil to dermatologist Dr. Doris Day — yes that is her real name — who, without meeting Krentcil, diagnosed the Tan Mom with Tanorexia. "Wow… This is a problem," Dr. Day proclaimed. Translation: Blah blah blah OMFG HER FACE.

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DISCUSSION

When this story first surfaced a lot of people on Jezebel and other sites correctly pointed out that "Tanorexia" is a misnomer because it is derived from "Anorexia" which is when people deprive themselves of food (while the condition labelled "Tanorexia" is the opposite...people are binging on tanning and self-tanning products).

The latin root of "-exia" means "less".

The correct terminology would be "Tan Binging". Also I think you could argue labelling this woman's condition "Tanorexia" trivializes "Anorexia" which is a more direct life threatening condition.

Any thoughts?