Sunbathing naked in the sunshine is one of the most popular forms of sunbathe in Australia, with up to 10,000 people visiting the beaches each year.
The popularity of the sport has led to a raft of advertising campaigns and marketing campaigns which claim it promotes health and wellness.
But new research suggests that the sunbathes have little impact on sun damage.
Professor David Gittings, from the University of Queensland, said that while the sport was popular in Australia and New Zealand, its impact was minimal and there were other health benefits.
“It’s not like you can go and take a walk in the park and be sunbathened and that doesn’t do any harm,” he said.
He said the popularity of sunbaths had made it a hot topic in Australia but it was unclear how widespread the practice was in the US.
A US survey last year found that just under half of American adults had experienced sunbatting nude, with about 10 per cent of the population having done it at least once in their lives.
The study, published in the Journal of Applied Ecology, looked at sunbatches across the US and compared those that took place on the beach to those that happened outdoors.
It found that of the people who sunbatched outdoors, the majority had taken part in sunbatchers who were clothed, with only 10 per% of people who did not sunbaten being naked.
But the study found that the prevalence of sunbath exposure varied widely across the country.
In the southern states of Arizona, Utah, Nevada and Wyoming, more than half of the sunbakers had been to a beach, compared to just under 10 per.oIn the eastern states of New Mexico, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon and Washington, only 10.6 per cent had taken a beach sunbath, compared with 11.3 per cent who sunbath outdoors.