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Research Letter
September 2018

A Comparison of Tanning Habits Among Gym Tanners and Other Tanners

Author Affiliations
  • 1UConn Center for Health and Social Media, UConn Institute for Collaboration on Health, Interventions, and Policy, Department of Allied Health Sciences, University of Connecticut, Storrs
  • 2Department of Dermatology, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson
  • 3Center for Animal and Human Health in Appalachia, College of Veterinary Medicine, School of Mathematics and Sciences, DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine, Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, Tennessee
  • 4Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester
  • 5Department of Kinesiology, Pennsylvania State University, University Park
  • 6Department of Community and Behavioral Health, College of Public Health, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City
JAMA Dermatol. 2018;154(9):1090-1091. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2018.1779

Physical activity has been associated with increased risk of malignant melanoma,1 as has the use of tanning beds.2 The presence of tanning beds in gyms is a concerning trend. Two of the largest American gym chains (Planet Fitness and Anytime Fitness) with total combined membership of more than 13 million people, offer indoor tanning. Nearly half of the gyms in Canada offer indoor tanning as well.3 Little is known about the characteristics of tanners who use gym tanning beds. The present study examined the proportion of indoor tanners who use gym tanning beds and tested whether they have riskier habits than other tanners. We also examined whether physical activity was related to the frequency of indoor tanning among tanners.