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[edit | edit source]
- 1990, Chronic fatigue syndrome
- 2012, ‘ME is no yuppie flu and people with the condition must receive help’, Editor’s comment, Gloucestershire Echo
- 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
- 2015, Chronic fatigue breakthrough offers hope for millions
- 2015, ‘Yuppie flu’ link to genes
- 2016, The Sun prints Action for M.E.’s letter criticising ‘yuppie flu’ headline
- 2017, The Telegraph - Yuppie flu - an inflammatory disease which blood test could easily diagnose, say scientists
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See also[edit | edit source]
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Stigma and discrimination
- Ethical issues
- Medical neglect and abuse