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.  Two of his publications have been in the Journal of the Academy Nutrition and Dietetics, including a review article on “Carbohydrate Quantity and Quality in Relation to Body Mass Index” (JADA2007;107:1768-1780) and a commentary piece on “Gluten-free Diet: Imprudent Dietary Advice for the General Population?” (JAND2012;112:1330-1333).  Professor Gaesser has a “perspective” manuscript accepted for publication in Advances in Nutrition, on the topic of “Refined Grains and Health: Genuine Risk, or Guilt by Association?”  The article should be published in late 2018 or early 2019.  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, diet, and body weight. In the past year Dr. Gaesser presented at three international conferences on the question of whether a gluten-free diet could be hazardous to one’s health–at 77th World Bread Congress, Merida, Mexico, the 2018 Latin American & Caribbean Buyers Conference, in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, and at the 2018 meeting of the Latin American Association of Milling Industries (ALIM), in Puerto Varas, Chile.

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.