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Glenn Gaesser

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Faculty, 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
  • M.A. Exercise Physiology, University of California-Berkeley
  • A.B. University of California-Berkeley
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

  • Tucker WJ, Jarrett CL, D’Lugos, Angadi SS, Gaesser GA. Effects of indulgent food snacking, with and without exercise training, on body weight, fat mass, and cardiometabolic risk markers in overweight and obese men. Physiol Rep 2021;9(22):e15118. doi: 10.14814/phy2.15118.
  • Villanueva I, Campbell J, Medina S, Jorgensen T, Wilson S, Angadi S, Gaesser GA, Dickinson J. Comparison of constant-load exercise intensity for verification of maximal oxygen uptake following a graded exercise test in older adults. Physiol Rep 2021;9(18):e15037. doi: 10.14814/phy2.15037.
  • Gaesser GA and Angadi SS. Obesity treatment: Weight loss versus increasing fitness and physical activity for reducing health risks. iScience 2021;24(10):102995. doi: 10.1016/j.isci.2021.102995. eCollection 2021 Oct 22
  • Gaesser GA, Miller Jones J, Angadi SS. Perspective: Does glycemic index matter for weight loss and obesity prevention? Examination of the evidence on “fast” compared with “slow” carbs. Advances in Nutrition 2021;12(6):2076-2084. doi: 10.1093/advances/nmab093.
  • Gaesser GA. Whole grain intake and pancreatic cancer risk. HepatoBiliary Surg Nutr 2021;10(4):530-533.
  • Gaesser GA. Whole grains, refined grains, and cancer risk: A systematic review of meta-analyses of observational studies. Nutrients 2020;12(12):3756. doi: 10.3390/nu12123756
  • Pereira MA, Mullane SL, Toledo MJL, Larouche ML, Rydell SA, Vuong B, Feltes LH, Mitchell NR, de Brito JN, Hasanaj K, Carlson NG, Gaesser GA, Crespo NC, Oakes JM, Buman MP. Efficacy of the ‘Stand and Move at Work’ multicomponent workplace intervention to reduce sedentary time and improve cardiometabolic risk: a group randomized clinical trial. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act 2020;17(1):133.
  • Papanikolaou Y, Slavin JL, Clemens R, Brenna JT, Hayes D, Gaesser GA, Fulgoni VL 3rd. Do refined grains have a place in a healthy dietary pattern: Perspectives from and expert panel consensus meeting. Curr Dev Nutr 2020;4(10):nzaa125.
  • Joseph RP, Keller C, Vega-Lopez S, Adams MA, English R, Hollingshead K, Hooker SP, Todd M, Gaesser GA, Ainsworth BE. A culturally relevant smartphone-delivered activity intervention for African-American women: Development and initial usability tests of smart walk. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth 2020;8(3):e15346.
  • 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.

 

Research Activity: 
Summer 2022
Course NumberCourse Title
NTR 692Research
NTR 792Research
NTR 799Dissertation
Spring 2022
Course NumberCourse Title
KIN 442Fuel Metabolism
EXW 494Special Topics
EXW 538Obesity, Exercise and Health
NTR 792Research
NTR 799Dissertation
Fall 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
KIN 442Fuel Metabolism
EXW 536Physiological Aspects/Phys Act
EXW 590Reading and Conference
NTR 692Research
NTR 792Research
NTR 799Dissertation
EXW 799Dissertation
Summer 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
NTR 692Research
NTR 792Research
NTR 799Dissertation
Spring 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
KIN 442Fuel Metabolism
EXW 494Special Topics
EXW 538Obesity, Exercise and Health
NTR 792Research
NTR 799Dissertation
EXW 799Dissertation
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
KIN 442Fuel Metabolism
EXW 536Physiological Aspects/Phys Act
EXW 590Reading and Conference
EXW 593Applied Project
NTR 692Research
NTR 792Research
NTR 799Dissertation
EXW 799Dissertation
Summer 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
EXW 592Research
NTR 692Research
NTR 792Research
NTR 799Dissertation
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
KIN 442Fuel Metabolism
EXW 494Special Topics
EXW 538Obesity, Exercise and Health
EXW 590Reading and Conference
KIN 590Reading and Conference
EXW 592Research
EXW 599Thesis
NTR 792Research
NTR 799Dissertation
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
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