1 in 50 16-year-olds affected by chronic fatigue syndrome

1 in 50 16-year-olds affected by chronic fatigue syndrome

In what is believed to be the biggest study of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) — also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) — in children to date, researchers have found that almost 2 per cent of 16-year-olds participating in children of the 90s have CFS lasting more than six months and nearly 3 per cent have CFS lasting more than three months (the UK definition). Those with CFS missed, on average, more than half a day of school every week.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome at Age 16 Years. Pediatrics, February 2016 DOI: 10.1542/peds.2015-3434