A Bristol study has surveyed over 5,700 parents and children about their experience of persistent exhaustion. The study revealed that 2% of 16-year-olds are affected and of those there are almost twice as many girls as boys.
Chronic fatigue syndrome (also referred to as myalgic encephalomyelitis or ME) is a condition that causes ongoing, persistent fatigue that cannot be eased by rest or sleep.
The study, published in Pediatrics, found that one in 50 16-year-olds have the condition, persisting for over six months. It also found that one in 33 have the condition, persisting for over three months. Despite these findings, only one in 1,000 are diagnosed with CFS/ME.
The diagnoses made within this study were based on responses to questions in the survey and were not officially made by a medical professional.
The study found that at the age of 13 both boys and girls appear to be equally affected, however when they reach 16, the condition becomes more common...