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Hall of Shame! 5-Year-Old Goes Tanning!

May 3, 2012
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Patricia Krentcil Charged With 2nd Degree Child Endangerment

New Jersey mother, Patricia Krentil, is charged with second-degree child endangerment for allegedly putting her 5 year old daughter into a tanning booth! 

Patricia has a monthly membership and tans 5 times a week according to her tanning salon. That alone is enough to land her in the hall of shame whether or not she put her daughter in the tanning booth too!

The 5 year old girl came to school with a severe sun burn. When she was asked what happened she told the school nurse that her mom had taken her tanning. Her parents say that it’s a misunderstanding – the girl was sitting outside the tanning bed while the mom was tanning and that the sun burn was from playing outside too long on a hot day.

The tanning salon backs up the mother’s story claiming that they didn’t even see the child.

In New Jersey, it is illegal for anyone under the age of 14 to use UV tanning beds and the child’s report was enough evidence for Patricia to be arrested and charged with 2nd degree child endangerment, to which she has pled not guilty.

Patricia Krentcil and 5-Year-Old Her Daughter

Patricia says that she would never bring her daughter into a tanning booth because she knows how dangerous tanning booths are and she’s “not crazy” (those are her own words).

Not everyone agrees with her self diagnosed sanity. A dermatologist writing for the New York Daily News says that Patricia suffers from “Tanorexia,” which is an addiction to tanning, and may even have body dysmorphic disorder. He notes how unhealthy tanning is saying, “Tanning booths are considered a Class 1 carcinogen by the World Health Organization. This is the same category that plutonium is in!”

Whether Patricia did or didn’t put her daughter in the tanning booth, she is setting a dangerous example for her daughter.

It’s hard to judge others for what they do to make themselves feel good about the way they look. Honestly, most women do something at some point in their life that isn’t healthy to be “more beautiful.” But at some point vanity should give way to health, realism and concern for others, especially for your children. If vanity is more important than these things, then priorities need to be readjusted.

Tanning isn’t worth it. It’s just not. Did you know that a teen’s first time UV tanning increases their chance of skin cancer by 75%!

Learn more about skin cancer.  About how to properly protect your skin and the beauty of natural untanned skin. 

To learn more about Patricia see these stories from the Huffington Post:

May 1st 2012: Patricia Krentcil Arrested For Putting 5-Year-Old Daughter In New Jersey Tanning Booth

May 3rd 2012: Patricia Krentcil, New Jersey Mom Charged With Child Endangerment, May Be “Tanorexic”

You can also find pictures of her from interviews here. 

And a celeb tanorexia hall of shame here. 

UPDATE: Patricia Krentcil addressed cameras saying that her critics are “fat, jealous and ugly” and that this is a witch hunt. 

Where do you weigh in? Do you think she did it?
Do you think it even matters? Is the extreme tanning and the example it sets enough to put her in the hall of shame (although not in jail)?


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