Glenn Gaesser, PhD

Glenn Gaesser is a professor of Exercise and Wellness in the School of Nutrition and Health Promotion, and is director of the Healthy Lifestyles Research Center, at Arizona State University.  Professor Gaesser has had prior academic appointments at the University of Virginia and UCLA.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine.

Professor Gaesser’s research focuses on the effects of exercise and diet on cardiovascular fitness and health and his work has been published in scientific journals, trade publications, newsletters and Internet sites.  He is the author or co-author of several books, including Big Fat Lies: The Truth About Your Weight and Your Health (Gurze, 2002) and It’s the Calories, Not the Carbs (Trafford/Wheat Foods, 2004).

Professor Gaesser has given more than 250 invited regional, national and international presentations to a variety of professional, business, and lay audiences on the subjects of health, fitness and body weight, and is interviewed frequently by the media on these topics.  He has had a number of television appearances, including The Dr. Oz Show, Good Morning America, ABC’s 20/20, World News Tonight, NBC Nightly News, CNN, Dateline NBC, and dozens of regional talk/news shows.  In addition, he has been a guest on more than 75 radio shows in North America and has been interviewed for stories on body weight, fitness and health for more than 100 newspapers and magazines throughout the world.  In 1999 he received public service award from the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders for his “dedication to and promotion of health and rationality concerning body weight and fitness.”

Professor Gaesser was graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California, Berkeley, where he also received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees with a specialization in exercise physiology.