Yuppie flu

Yuppie Flu is a derogatory name for chronic fatigue syndrome that implies it is simply a case of burnout. It was used from the 1980s onwards, particularly following publication of an article in Newsweek that referred to it as the “yuppie flu” in print, describing it as “a fashionable form of hypochondria”.

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a complicated disorder characterized by extreme fatigue that lasts for at least six months and that can’t be fully explained by an underlying medical condition. The fatigue worsens with physical or mental activity, but doesn’t improve with rest.

It was called ‘yuppie flu’ in the 1980s because sufferers tend to be aged between 20 and 40 and the illness was most frequently seen among professional people.


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