Glenn Gaesser, PhD

Glenn Gaesser is a professor in the College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University and 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.  His significant contributions to the literature on the science of grains and health include: “Carbohydrate Quantity and Quality in Relation to Body Mass Index” (JADA 2007;107:1768-1780); “Gluten-free Diet: Imprudent Dietary Advice for the General Population?” (JAND 2012; 112:1330-1333); “Refined Grains and Health: Genuine Risk, or Guilt by Association?” (Adv Nutr 2019;10:361-371) and “Whole Grains, Refined Grains, and Cancer Risk: A Systematic Review of Meta-Analyses of Observational Studies” (Nutrients 2020;12:3756).  He also participated in an expert scientific panel to address the role of refined grains in health, which led to the 2020 paper, “Do Refined Grains have a place in a Healthy Dietary Pattern: Perspectives from an Expert Panel Consensus Meeting (Curr Dev Nutr 2020;4(10):nzaa125).

Professor Gaesser has given more than 300 invited regional, national, and international presentations to a variety of professional, business, and lay audiences on the subjects of health, fitness, diet, and body weight. 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 2013 he received the John Halverson Lectureship Award from the American Association of Cereal Chemists. Dr. Gaesser also received, in 1999, a 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.