Our Latest Updates – Archive

Obesity Is Risk Factor for COVID-19 (coronavirus)
4/17/2020 -

Preliminary research and anecdotal evidence from doctors suggest that obesity is the second most significant risk factor for COVID-19 (coronavirus) after older age.

Global Obesity Levels
3/27/2020 -

According to WHO 650 million adults worldwide were obese in 2016. The prevalence of obesity tripled worldwide between 1975 and 2016. Find obesity prevalence data for 191 countries in this resource.

Increased Obesity Risk Linked to Late Bedtimes for Kids
2/18/2020 -

Children under six years old were more likely to be obese if they had a bedtime after 9pm, according to a study published on Feb. 18, 2020 in Pediatrics.

US Obesity Levels by State
1/27/2020 -

From 1990 to 2018, the average percentage of obese adults increased from 11.1% (for the 44 states and DC for which 1990 data are available) to 31.3%. Find obesity levels for all 50 states and DC in this updated resource.

Top Pro & Con Quotes: Is obesity a disease?
12/19/2019 -

Read quotes from the Mayo Clinic and the AMA along with doctors, researchers, and other experts on the issue of whether obesity should be classified as a disease.

NEW ProCon.org Website! – 2020 Presidential Election: The Candidates and Where They Stand on the Issues
8/29/2019 -

Learn about the presidential candidates’ views on important issues, compare them with a side-by-side chart, find your best match with a fun quiz, track their finances, and so much more on our 2020 Presidential Election website. The New York Times called our previous presidential election site “The most comprehensive tool for researching the candidate’s stance on issues.” Check back monthly for expanded issue coverage.

New ProCon.org Website! – Should Birth Control Pills Be Available Over-the-Counter?
2/21/2019 -

Our new topic explores the pros and cons in the debate over making birth control pills available over-the-counter (OTC). 9.1 million women (12.6% of contraceptive users) use birth control pills, which are the second-most commonly used method of contraception in the United States. Proponents say making the birth control pill available over-the-counter would lower teen pregnancy rates, provide contraceptive access to medically underserved women, and ease access to a health-improving drug with decades of safe use. Opponents say making the Pill over-the-counter would raise the cost of contraception for women, pose a danger to teens’ and women’s health by removing the doctor’s visit requirement, and limit what options are made available.

Our new website presents the top pro & con arguments and quotes, a history of the debate, a video gallery, the prescription status of birth control pills around the world, and a list of drugs switched from prescription to OTC status.

Researcher Wanted at Educational Nonprofit ProCon.org
1/17/2019 -

ProCon.org, a Los Angeles-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity,
seeks an in-house Researcher (full-time with benefits or part-time
without benefits) to develop content for websites devoted to a
nonpartisan in-depth presentation of 70+ controversial issues. Three
items are required for application, as specified in the job notice.

US Obesity Levels by State
11/8/2018 -

From 1990 to 2017, the average percentage of obese adults increased from 11.1% (for the 44 states and DC for which 1990 data are available) to 30.6%. Find obesity levels for all 50 states and DC.

50 Lesson Plan Ideas Using ProCon.org
7/16/2018 -

We’re excited to announce 50 free lesson plan ideas for educators! Visit our Teachers’ Corner for inspiration, including lessons plans about distinguishing fact from opinion, how to write a “call-to-action” letter, and content from our partner Credo Reference.

US Obesity Levels, 1990-2016
10/19/2017 -

As of 2016, five states now exceed obesity rates of 35%; 20 states have obesity rates between 30% and 34.9%; 22 states have obesity rates between 25.0% and 29.9%; and three states and DC have obesity rates between 20% and 24.9%. Find where your state ranks.

Is Obesity a Disease?
6/27/2017 -

Find quotes from experts and organizations such as Chairperson of the Rush University Medical Center Department of Surgery Alfonso Torquati (pro), former Shadow Minister of Health in the United Kingdom Ian McColl (con), Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Maryland Pamela M. Peeke (pro), Founding Director of the Yale Prevention Research Center at the Yale University School of Medicine David L. Katz (con), the American Medical Association (pro), and psychiatrist Keith Ablow (con).