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Glenn Gaesser

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Center Dir (ACD) & Professor
Faculty w/Admin Appointment, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 9020
Biography

Glenn Gaesser is a professor of Exercise Physiology in the College of Health Solutions 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 recently served as president of the Southwest Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine.

Professor Gaesser’s research focuses on the effects of exercise and diet on cardiovascular fitness and health.  He has published seminal articles on muscular efficiency during exercise, excess postexercise oxygen consumption, and the slow component of oxygen uptake during high-intensity exercise.  He has conducted more than 20 exercise-training interventions in adults, and these studies have enhanced our understanding of the impact of exercise intensity on cardiovascular and metabolic adaptations.  His most recent studies in this area demonstrated the benefits of high-intensity interval training in patients with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction and in adults with obesity.  His recent work also highlights the positive effects on blood pressure and blood glucose control of breaking up prolonged periods of sitting with physical activity of varying intensities and durations, with activity bouts as short as two minutes.

He has written and lectured extensively on the subjects of obesity, fitness and health, and has been a strong proponent of “health at every size” for the past 25 years.  His work challenges conventional wisdom on the health implications of obesity, and he encourages a non-weight-loss-centered approach to treating obesity-related health conditions. He is the author or co-author of several books, including Big Fat Lies: The Truth About Your Weight and Your Health.

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.

Education
  • Ph.D. Exercise Physiology, University of California-Berkeley 1978
  • M.A. Exercise Physiology, University of California-Berkeley 1975
  • A.B. University of California-Berkeley 1972
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

Publications

Recent Publications

  • Whisner CM, Angadi SS, Weltman NY, Weltman A, Rodriguez J, Patrie JT, Gaesser GA. Effects of low-fat and high-fat meals, with and without dietary fiber, on postprandial endothelial function, triglyceridemia, and glycemia in adolescents. Nutrients 2019;11,2626; doi.org/10.3390/nu11112626.
  • Gaesser GA,  Rodriguez J, Patrie JT, Whisner CM, Angadi SS. Effects of glycemic index and cereal fiber on postprandial endothelial function, glycemia, and insulinemia in healthy adults. Nutrients 2019;11,2387; doi.10.3390/nu11102387
  • Gaesser GA. Perspective: Refined Grains and Health: Genuine Risk, of Guilt by Association? Adv Nutr 2019;10:361-371.
  • Gaesser GA, Blair SN. The health risks of obesity have been exaggerated. Med Sci Sports Exerc 2019;51:218-221.
  • Joseph RP, Ainsworth BE, Vega-Lopez S, Adams MA, Hollingshead K, Hooker SP, Todd M, Gaesser GA, Keller C. Rationale and design of Smart Walk: A randomized controlled pilot trial of a smartphone-delivered physical activity and cardiometabolic risk reduction intervention for African American women. Contemp Clin Trials 2019;77:46-60.
  • Mullane SL, Rydell SA, Larouche ML, Toledo MJL, Feltes LH, Vuong B, Crespo NC, Gaesser GA, Estabrooks PA, Pereira MA, Buman MP. Enrollment strategies, barriers to participation, and reach of a workplace intervention targeting sedentary behavior. Am J Health Promot 2019;33:225-236.
  • Zeigler ZS, Swan PD, Buman MP, Mookadam F, Gaesser GA, Angadi SS. Postexercise hemodynamic responses in lean and obese men. Med Sci Sports Exerc 2018;50:2292-2300.
  • Gaesser GA, Tucker WJ, Sawyer BJ, Bhammar DM, Angadi SS.  Cycling efficiency and energy cost of walking in young and older adults. J Appl Physiol (1985) 2018;124:414-420.
  • Tucker WJ, Sawyer BJ, Jarrett CL, Bhammar DM, Ryder JR, Angadi SS, Gaesser GA. High-intensity interval exercise attenuates but does not eliminate endothelial dysfunction after a fast food meal. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol 2018;314:H188
  • Bhammar DM, Sawyer BJ, Tucker WJ, Gaesser GA. Breaks in sitting time: effects on continuously monitored glucose and blood pressure. Med Sci Sports Exerc 2017;49:2119-2130.
  • Angadi SS, Jarrett CL, Sherif M, Gaesser GA, Mookadam F. The effect of exercise training on biventricular myocardial strain in heart failure with preserved ejection fraction. ESC Heart Failure 2017;4:356-359.
  • Buman MP, Mullane SL, Toledo MJ, Rydell SA, Gaesser GA, Crespo NC, Hannan P, Feltes L, Vuong B, Pereira MA. An intervention to reduce sitting and increase light-intensity physical activity at work: design and rationale of the ‘Stand & Move at Work’ group randomized trial. Contemp Clin Trials 2017;53:11-19.
  • Mullane SL, Buman MP, Zeigler ZS, Crespo NC, Gaesser GA. Acute effects on cognitive performance following bouts of standing and light-intensity physical activity in a simulated workplace environment. J Sci Med Sport 2017;20:489-493.
  • Crespo NC, Mullane SL, Zeigler ZS, Buman MP, Gaesser GA. Effects of standing and light-intensity walking and cycling on 24-h glucose. Med Sci Sports Exerc 2016; 12:2503-2511.
  • Sawyer BJ, Tucker WJ, Bhammar DM, Ryder JR, Sweazea KL, Gaesser GA. Effects of high-intensity interval training and moderate-intensity continuous training on endothelial function and cardiometabolic risk markers in obese adults. J Appl Physiol 2016;121:279-288
  • Bhammar DM, Sawyer BJ, Tucker WJ, Lee JM, Gaesser GA. Validity of SenseWear® armband v5.2 and v2.2 for estimating energy expenditure. J Sports Sci 2016;34:1830-1838.
  • Tucker WJ, Angadi SS, Gaesser GA. Excess postexercise oxygen consumption after high-intensity and sprint interval exercise, and continuous steady-state exercise. J Strength Cond Res 2016;30:3090-3097.
  • Zeigler ZS, Mullane S, Crespo NC, Buman MP, Gaesser GA. Effects of standing and light-intensity activity on ambulatory blood pressure. Med Sci Sports Exerc 2016;48(2):175-181.
  • Saint-Maurice PF, Kim Y, Welk GJ, Gaesser GA. Kids are not little adults: what MET threshold captures sedentary behavior in children? Eur J Appl Physiol 2016;116(1):29-38.
  • Lee, JM, Kim YW, Gaesser GA, Welk G Validation of the SenseWear Mini Armband in Children during Semi-Structured Activity Settings.  J Sci Med Sport 2016;19(1):41-45.
  • Kim Y, Crouter SE, Lee JM, Dixon PM, Gaesser GA, Welk GJ.  Comparisons of prediction equations for estimating energy expenditure in youth.   J Sci Med Sport 2016;19(1):35-40.
  • Angadi SS, Mookadam F, Lee CD, Tucker WJ, Haykowsky M, Gaesser GA.  High-intensity interval training vs. moderate-intensity continuous exercise training in heart failure with preserved ejection fraction: A pilot study. J Appl Physiol 2015;119(6):753-758.
  • Angadi SS, Bhammar DM, Gaesser GA. Postexercise hypotension after continuous, aerobic interval, and sprint interval exercise. J Strength Cond Res 2015;29(10):2888-2893.
  • Gaesser GA, Tucker WJ, Jarrett CL, Angadi SS. Fitness versus fatness: which influences health and mortality risk the most? Curr Sports Med Rep 2015;14(4):327-332.

 

Research Activity
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
KIN 442Fuel Metabolism
EXW 536Physiological Aspects/Phys Act
EXW 590Reading and Conference
EXW 593Applied Project
EXW 599Thesis
EXW 692Research
NTR 692Research
NTR 792Research
EXW 792Research
NTR 799Dissertation
EXW 799Dissertation
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
NTR 692Research
NTR 792Research
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
KIN 442Fuel Metabolism
EXW 538Obesity, Exercise and Health
KIN 590Reading and Conference
EXW 590Reading and Conference
EXW 592Research
EXW 599Thesis
EXW 692Research
EXW 792Research
EXW 799Dissertation
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
KIN 492Honors Directed Study
EXW 692Research
EXW 792Research
EXW 799Dissertation
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
EXW 599Thesis
NTR 692Research
NTR 792Research
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
KIN 442Fuel Metabolism
KIN 493Honors Thesis
EXW 538Obesity, Exercise and Health
EXW 590Reading and Conference
EXW 592Research
EXW 692Research
EXW 792Research
EXW 799Dissertation
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
KIN 442Fuel Metabolism
KIN 492Honors Directed Study
EXW 536Physiological Aspects/Phys Act
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
KIN 442Fuel Metabolism
EXW 538Obesity, Exercise and Health
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
KIN 442Fuel Metabolism
EXW 536Physiological Aspects/Phys Act
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
KIN 442Fuel Metabolism
EXW 538Obesity, Exercise and Health
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
KIN 442Fuel Metabolism
EXW 536Physiological Aspects/Phys Act
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
EXW 538Obesity, Exercise and Health
NTR 691Seminar
EXW 691Seminar
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