The media’s use of the term “Yuppie Flu”

To the Daily Mail:

Sufferers of ME are not sufferers of “Yuppie Flu” and supporters of The ONE CLICK Group campaign are not “Yuppie Flu Campaigners”.  ME is classified by the World Health Organisation as a neurological illness (WHO ICD-10 G93.3) and we are campaigning for it to be recognised and treated as such by NICE.  For how much longer are journalists going to drag out this denigrating and inaccurate term?  “Yuppie Flu” was coined by the media, years ago, and the continued misrepresentation of a seriously debilitating illness which is ruining the lives of thousands of children, as well as adults of all ages, is one of the reasons why this action is necessary.  Accurate and informed coverage of ME by the media is always welcomed but please, please journalists, on behalf of all those with children and young people whose lives are on hold because of this horrible illness, let’s see this tired, trite and grossly misleading term buried, once and for all!

A plea to any journalists and sub-editors who might stumble across this site: Please stop using “Yuppie Flu” or  “…which used to be known as Yuppie Flu”!


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