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". "Yuppie" is a term that came into use in the early 1980s and referred to "Young and upwardly-Mobile Professionals", who were young, high-earning city dwellers.
There is an Italian music band called Yuppie Flu.
Examples of use
- 2017, The Telegraph - Yuppie flu - an inflammatory disease which blood test could easily diagnose, say scientists
- 2016, The Sun prints Action for M.E.’s letter criticising ‘yuppie flu’ headline
- 2015, ‘Yuppie flu’ link to genes
- 2015, Chronic fatigue breakthrough offers hope for millions
- 2015, Proof at last that 'yuppie flu' is a real illness: Study finds chronic fatigue commonly seen among professionals is not just in the mind
- 2012, ‘ME is no yuppie flu and people with the condition must receive help’, Editor’s comment, Gloucestershire Echo
- 2010, The reality of living with 'Yuppie Flu' - chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)
- 2009, Getting over 'yuppie flu'
- 2009, "Yuppie Flu" Isn't Just in the Head: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Linked to Virus
- 2008, Top 10 'Yuppie' Health Conditions
- 2007, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome No Longer Seen as 'Yuppie Flu'
- 1994, Chronic fatigue syndrome: have flawed assumptions been derived from treatment-based studies?
- 1990, 'Yuppie flu' tied to immune system Blood test may identify chronic fatigue syndrome
- 1990, Chronic fatigue syndrome