Definition of yuppie flu in English:

yuppie flu

(also yuppie disease)


derogatory, informal
  • another term for chronic fatigue syndrome
    • ‘Once called the ‘yuppie flu’, there has been a history of prejudice and scepticism about ME, among some in the medical profession as well as ordinary people.’
    • ‘About 240,000 people are thought to have the illness, which in the past was dismissed by some as ‘yuppie flu’.’
    • ‘Because they have no obvious biological cause, some doctors and researchers dismissed them in the past as hysteria or the ‘yuppie flu.’’
    • ‘Women are being diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome in huge numbers and yet the illness is still called ‘yuppie flu’ and treated with anti-depressants.’