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AmeriTan By: Lauren Bush, Briana Owen, Karah Kingsbury, and Paige Williams

Tanning is the new SUNsation sweeping the American nation.

From Pale Beginnings...external image thumbnail.aspx?q=4946445676970845&id=74fea1a38272d89072a9316dc10dd128&url=http%3a%2f%2faustenonly.files.wordpress.com%2f2011%2f08%2fpastels5699-correction.jpg
  • Pre-1920's: Tan skin was associated with the lower classes.
  • People used lead-based products to lighten skin.
  • Tanning was found to cure vitamin D deficiency.
  • Coco Chanel and Josephine Baker made tan skin a fashion statement.
  • Magazines began endorsing tanning in the 1940's.
  • Tanning beds were introduced in 1978.

...To the Bronze Age
  • Today in the US, tanning is a 5 billion dollar industry.external image dollface-tan.jpg
  • The Indoor Tanning Association has a 30 million customer base (10% of the US population).
  • 18.1% of women tan indoors.
  • 6.3% of men tan indoors.

Don't Forget the Sunblock!
  • FDA regulations:
    • Recommended Exposure Schedules
    • Time Exposure ratings
  • 10% tax on tanning to fund health care
  • Most states require parental consent for children under 18 to use tanning beds. external image 4fa262e640182.preview-300.jpg
  • California does not allow tanning bed use for children under 18.
Tanorexia
  • Tanning addiction is a syndrome where individuals have a physical or psychological addiction to tanning.
    • due to opioid release during tanning
  • Other health risks include wrinkles, sun spots, and skin cancer.

Surveing Bella Vista
We surveyed the students at Bella Vista High School to see what they thought of tanning

1. How many times have you used a tanning bed?
75% of freshman girls said they have never used a tanning bed.
100% of junior boys said they have never used a tanning bed.
100% of senior boys said they have never used a tanning bed.
21% of senior girls said they have used a tanning bed 6 or more times.

2. How many times have you gotten a spray tan?
13% of junior girls said they have gotten a spray tan 1-2 times.
93% of freshman girls said they have never gotten a spray tan.
100% of junior boys said they have never gotten a spray tan.
100% of senior boys said they have never gotten a spray tan

3. How many times have you used self tanner?
26% of senior girls said they have used self tanner 6 or more times.
14% of freshman girls said they have used self tanner 6 or more times.
87% of junior boys said they have never used self tanner.
87% of senior boys said they have never used self tanner.

4. Do you lay out in the sun to tan?
57% of freshman girls said they do lay out in the sun to tan.
57% of sophomore girls said they do lay out in the sun to tan.
73% of sophomore boys said they do not lay out in the sun to tan.
48% of senior boys said they do lay out in the sun to tan.

5. Do you think you are more attractive when you are tanner?
57% of sophomore boys said they do not think they are more attractive when they are tan.
87% of sophomore girls said they do not think they are more attractive when they are tan.

6. In general, do you find members of the opposite gender more attractive when they are tanner?
73% of junior girls said they do find members of the opposite gender more attractive when they are tanner.
76% of senior girls said they do find members of the opposite gender more attractive when they are tanner.
45% of sophomore boys do not find members of the opposite gender more attractive when they are tanner.

7. Do you think Americans value being tan?
100% of senior boys said Americans do value being tan.
100% of junior girls said Americans do value being tan.
8% of freshman boys said Americans do not value being tan.

Overall Results of Surveying 200 Bella Vista Students!
A-never
B- 1-2 times
C-3-5 times
D-6 or more times
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*(sorry our graph is switched for the yes no questions. The first collumn for questions 4-7 should be yes, the second no.)