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Tan or Die? That is the question February 2, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — jkc2009 @ 7:06 pm

As the winter months approach, we all want to still be perfectly tan, and it’s possible. But what risk factors are involved in tanning beds?

  • Along with melanoma, the use of tanning devices may also contribute to non-melanoma skin cancers.  
  • Tanners are also more likely to develop basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma.
  • The tanning-bed users had risks higher than those who had previous sun exposure, but had not been under artificial lamps.

Tanning beds harm the skin and cause serious damage.

Above: Tanning beds harm the skin and cause life long damage.


     Most tanning beds release very high and dangerous levels of ultraviolet radiation. When the skin absorbs ultraviolet rays, it can have a larger chance of developing skin cancer. Skin cancer, like all other cancers, can lead to death.

     The government can not regulate tanning beds, so the public is free to use them as often as they want. The store that owns the tanning beds are the ones who regulate how long the customer may stay in the tanning bed. The longer you stay in the tanning bed, the more ultraviolet rays are absorbed into the skin and the higher the risk of skin cancer.


Above: Sun damage can age the face very quickly. It can cause freckles and sun spots.

       To determine if you have aquired sun damage you will begin to find fine and coarse wrinkles. There is a roughness to the skin and a looseness in advanced damage. Often times the skin will become leathery in feel around the neck and face. The skin is usually dry and needs to be often moisturized. Chronic sun damage is very dangerous to the skin and can cause extreme damage that becomes irreversible. 

     Tanning is a decision that is left up to the person who is or is not tanning. Many people decide to use spray tans or other lotions that would not cause damage to the skin. These products still gives the skin a great looking tan, without the dangers of sun damage.






Eating Disorders: The 21st Century Fad January 27, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — jkc2009 @ 1:40 am
Eating disorders are described as any of various psychological disorders, like anorexia nervosa or bulimia, that deal with insufficient or excessive food intake. Eating disorders are common with women between the ages of 12 and 25. It is estimated that 8 million Americans have an eating disorder, seven million women and one million men. Below are more statistics about eating disorders in the United States.

  • One in 200 American women suffers from anorexia
  • Two to three in 100 American women suffers from bulimia
  • Nearly half of all Americans personally know someone with an eating disorder An estimated 10 – 15% of people with anorexia or bulimia are males


Above: Pictured is a model who suffers from anorexia. Notice her ribs, this is NOT healthy.


Super models in all the popular magazines, such as Cosmopolitan, have continued to get thinner and thinner. Modeling agencies have been reported to actively pursue models with anorexia. The average woman model weighs up to 25% less than the typical woman and maintains a weight at about 15 to 20 percent below what is considered healthy for her age and height. Some models go through plastic surgery to stay “looking good” for the camera. Some models are “taped-up” to make their bodies look unrealisticly skinny.One of the most common editing that is done to modeling photos is that they are airbrushed before going to print. This leads the readers to have unrealistic views of a women’s body. These pictures are far beyond what a healthy woman should look like.


Above: A model that models bathing suits is at a very high risk of becoming anorexic or bulimic.

As our bodies change, we should love them no matter what size, shape, or form. We should take care of our bodies and get proper exercise to stay healthy. There is a  BIG difference between eating disorders and a healthy lifestyle.