12/30/2010 05:02 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Tanning Starts Off As A Mother-Daughter Activity: Study

While 32 percent had first gone tanning with a good friend, 20 percent had gone alone, and 10 percent were accompanied by an acquaintance -- but mom took nearly 40 percent to the tanning bed.

For those who first went tanning with their mother, the habit became a way of life. These university students were five times more likely than all the others to become regular tanners once they reached college age, with baking visits spaced at least every other week.