Teens are affected by Chronic Fatigue more often than expected, according to the largest study ever conducted on the effect of the disease on children.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) affects approximately 1 in 50 sixteen year olds for at least six months. This translates to 2 percent of all sixteen year olds. These teens miss an average of a half day of school each week due to CFS symptoms.
CFS is also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), and is characterized by extreme fatigue which does not improve with bed rest. Symptoms may also be aggravated by physical or mental activity.
Researchers from the UK’s University of Bristol determined that 1.9 percent of 16 year olds have CFS lasting at least six months, and 3 percent have CFS lasting three months or longer. Teens were also more likely to come from families facing financial or personal adversity, challenging the notion that CFS predominately affects the middle class.
Symptoms of CFS include muscle pain, unrefreshing sleep, headache, and recurring sore throat.