Emilio Romero asked:
I've just finished a 17-mile run, and I'm pleasantly tired but I don't think I'm fatigued. But can continuous straining exercise cause chronic fatigue syndrome?
Esther - That's a great question. This illness is much more common in athletes and in fact, a teenager once told me that, she was training for the Olympics, 20% of Olympiads had had it. I don't actually know if that's true or not, but certainly, if you are doing an awful lot of exercise and not allowing yourself time to recover, I think you are at increased risk of developing it. My service for children is in Bath and we see a lot of athletes with this illness.
Chris - But kids don't get told to stop running around because they might get too tired.
Esther - No, of course, and they shouldnít be told to stop running around. We all know that children arenít doing enough exercise. But when a child gets a chronic fatigue syndrome, itís very, very difficult to treat when they're younger children because running around is so natural. So, on a good day, they'll do loads and loads of running and on a bad day, they can't get out of bed.
I'd like to have a reference for Esther's statement that 20% of Olympiads (sic) have had CFS - I bet they feel super tired sometimes, after all that running and stuff, but I doubt it's the disease as defined by the most accurate definitions. There's an awful lot of obfuscation out there surrounding this disease, a bonus for those wishing to build a career with inadequate knowledge and intelligence.