To the Editor: In his review of outcome studies concerning patients with anorexia nervosa, Hans-Christoph Steinhausen, M.D., Ph.D. (1), concluded that the disorder "did not lose its relatively poor prognosis in the 20th century" (p. 1284). Such a conclusion is pessimistic, as Theander (2) warned: "A weather forecast cannot influence the predicted events themselves. On the other hand, a prognosis concerning human problems may influence the further course considerably. A pessimistic prognosis for a line of business may start a negative trend." Indeed, this influential Swedish researcher was the first to publish long-term outcome data that appear to be in line with Steinhausen’s conclusion but also "may restore hope and confidence in patients and their relatives, as well as their therapists, as they supply clear evidence that recovery may eventually occur even after a very long and severe illness" (2). For this reason, Theander rightly cautioned against flippant use of the term "chronicity" and proposed discussion of a "long-lasting" or "protracted" eating disorder (3).