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Glenn Gaesser

Center Director & Professor, Nutrition and Health Promotion


 (602) 827-2283


  • PhD - University of California, Berkeley, 1978
  • MA - University of California, Berkeley, 1975
  • AB - University of California, Berkeley, 1972


Glenn Gaesser is a professor of Exercise Science and Health Promotion and 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 and a member of the American Society for Nutrition. 

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. 

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. He lives in Mesa, Arizona.

Research Interests

Acute and chronic impact of exercise and diet on endothelial function; weight-loss independent health benefits of exercise and diet; obesity paradox; physical activity assessment technology

Research Activity