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The Sun prints AFME letter about ‘yuppie flu’ headline

January 29, 2016

The Sun has printed a letter from Action for M.E., written in response to the inappropriateness of its recent headline, ‘New research reveals that yuppie flu hits one in 50 teenagers.’

The letter, signed by Action for M.E.’s Chief Executive, Sonya Chowdhury, says:

“So many of your readers will be familiar with the often devastating impact of myalgic encephalomyelitis and/or chronic fatigue syndrome (M.E./CFS), an illness much more common among teens than previously thought. But the headline of your otherwise excellent article highlighting the latest research from University of Bristol was hopelessly old-fashioned.

Nobody calls this serious condition, officially classed as a disability under UK law, ‘yuppie flu’ any more.

What’s more, the research found that children from poorer families – not those ‘young upwardly-mobile professionals’ – were more likely to have M.E./CFS.”

The Sun changed its headline earlier in the week to ‘New research reveals that ME hits one in 50 teenagers.’