MEA writes to Daily Mail about offensive reference to ‘yuppie flu’

December 8, 2008


RE: Mother arrested for murder after ‘yuppie-flu' daughter is found dead after 16 years in bed.

Please could you immediately remove this on-line headline before it appears in a paper edition of the Daily Mail tomorrow.
The reference to ‘yuppie flu' is highly offensive to the family who are now having to deal with this tragic death.
It is also a totally inaccurate description of the illness known as ME because ME affects all age groups and social classes.  There is no scientific evidence whatsoever to justify the use of this derogatory term and most newspapers stopped using it years ago.
Yours sincerely
Dr Charles Shepherd
Hon Medical Adviser, ME Association
7 Apollo Office Court
Radclive Road
Bucks MK18 4DF
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