Published On: Thu, Jan 28th, 2016

Teenagers are experiencing chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)



A recent research study has revealed that the teenagers as young as 16 are experiencing chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), the researchers further added that it illustrates the situation is much more frequent in them at present than ever before.

CFS, which is also called as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), has turned a debilitating illness, which has a gigantic influence on the lives of kids and their families.

The research team from the University of Bristol in Britain discovered that approximately 2% of 16-year-olds have CFS ending above six months and for almost 3%, it ends for above three months. Those going through CFS lacked, on standard, above half a day of school every week.

Dr Esther Crawley, a senior study author and consultant paediatrician in CFS/ME, told that “As paediatricians, we need to get better at identifying CFS/ME, particularly to those children from disadvantaged backgrounds who don’t have access to specialist care,”

The researchers tested the condition of 5,756 participants and discovered that girls were approximately two times as probable as boys to have the situation.

Children from that family who were experiencing more difficulty were much probable to have the state, driving out the generally held view that CFS is a ‘middle class’ illness.

Sonya Chowdhury, who is a chief executive of the non-profit organization, told that Action for ME, the truth is that a lot of juvenile children miss half a day of school a week, whereas for the most harshly affected, their crippling symptoms are mixed by the loneliness and loss that arrives with being indoors and/or bed-bound.

She further cited that “This important study, analyzing data from parent and child completed questionnaires, highlights the increased prevalence of ME among 16-year-olds, pointing towards the even greater urgency in the need for effective treatments,”


About the Author

Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.

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