However, while these relationships are well known, the timing of mortality risk across the course of the illness remains unclear. One could imagine a scenario of elevated mortality early in the illness, wherein those particularly prone to medical complications from malnutrition would be at high risk for death. Conversely, risk of death might climb after prolonged illness as complications of starvation mount. Similar predictions about the timing of suicide risk might be made as well. A number of potential predictors of mortality, including certain medical complications, severity of weight loss, severity of co-occurring psychopathology, and severity of the eating disorder symptoms themselves, may be important. However, our knowledge of predictors of mortality in eating disorders is limited (5).