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Hot Topic Tuesday: The “Tanning Mom” Controversy

Written on May 8, 2012 at 3:28 pm , by

It takes more than a cute sun hat to protect your skin! (Photo courtesy of Shutterstock)

From Good Morning America to Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update, New Jersey mom Patricia Krentcil has been making waves this week for one hot topic that is literally sizzling. If you don’t know her by name, you likely would know her if you saw her face—she has tan skin that goes beyond any tan you might see on the beach. How/why? Krentcil has an unlimited membership at her tanning salon and goes for the maximum 12 minutes per session, 20 times per month. Yikes! (And yes, she continues, even during National Skin Cancer and Melanoma Awareness Month.)

But what really has Krentcil in hot water is the accusation some have made about what made her daughter so tan. School officials asked the girl where her rash came from, and she said she had gone tanning with her mother. Now, Krentcil faces charges of second-degree child endangerment—not to mention growing vitriol from bloggers and other critics across the country. Even the notoriously sunned Snooki has even called Krentcil “crazy” for allegedly taking her daughter to a tanning salon.

It’s an ongoing legal battle, so it will be a bit before we know the truth in this story. We feel for the daughter if her mom did make her use a tanning bed or booth, but there is one good thing that comes from this story: Every time we see Krentcil on the news, we’re inspired to reapply sunscreen!

Now tell us: Do you think that Krentcil is being “bullied” as some have proposed (and should be considered innocent until proven guilty in court) or do you think it’s important to shine a spotlight on her to remind others that this isn’t acceptable?

Photo courtesy of Shutterstock

FITNESS Awards: More of the Year’s Fit Favorites

Written on February 10, 2012 at 12:07 pm , by

I love awards season just as much as the next girl, but sometimes big moments and celebs don’t get the attention they deserve. Check out Fitness Editor Jenna’s top picks, then read on to see my fit favorites from the last year, just in time for the Grammys on Sunday. Our final installment of picks will run the Friday before the Oscars, so stay tuned!

Best Fit Mom: Jessica Alba

2011 was the year of celebrity pregnancies, and we loved watching many moms-to-be keep up their fitness routine throughout pregnancy. Alba had an amazing baby bounce-back, giving birth to second daughter Haven and rocking the Golden Globes’ red carpet a mere five months later. Other mommy makeovers we love: January Jones, Kate Hudson and Mariah Carey.

Giuliana always has a smile, even in troubling times.(Photo courtesy of Insider Images)

Strongest Star in the Face of Adversity: Giuliana Rancic

The beautiful co-host of E! News and Live From the Red Carpet has faced multiple health issues—from infertility struggles to her breast cancer diagnosis and subsequent surgeries—but remained strong and never shied away from the cameras. We sat down with Rancic at a Glade Expressions Dinner Party in January, when she told us that her treatment was a success and that she’s healthy and happy to be back at work. We at FITNESS are extremely impressed and inspired by her optimistic, open outlook on life after all she’s endured.

Best Celeb Slimdown: Ricki Lake

After a rollercoaster of weight loss and gain over the years, Lake seems to have finally nailed down the secret to shedding pounds and keeping it off. Her perfect fit? Taking on the challenge of serious competitor on Dancing with the Stars. A consistent front-runner on the show’s 13th season, Lake tangoed, salsa-d and cha-cha-ed her way to the final three, dropping pounds along the way. She reportedly shed four dress sizes and is in amazing shape. Go, Ricki!

Best Save-Your-Skin Move: Indoor Tanning Banned in California

We’re big advocates in the fight against skin cancer, and research has proven that indoor tanning increases your chances of developing the deadly disease. California made huge strides when they prohibited minors from the salons (even if they have parental permission), and more states are considering similar moves. Even though attempts failed in four other states in 2011, our fingers are crossed that we’ll continue to take a step in the healthy direction!

Now tell us: What were some of your favorite fit moments, people and items from the last year?