Glenn Gaesser

Glenn Gaesser, Ph.D., is a professor of exercise physiology and faculty advisor to the Cardiovascular Health and Fitness Program at the University of Virginia. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and an editorial board member of Sports Medicine Digest.

In 1972, Dr. Gaesser was graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California, Berkeley, where he stayed on to complete both his M.A. (1975) and Ph.D. (1978) with a specialization in exercise physiology. Dr. Gaesser has conducted research and published many articles on exercise, health, and fitness in scientific journals, trade publications, and newsletters. He was co-author of the 1998 American College of Sports Medicine’s position stand on “the recommended quantity and quality of exercise for developing and maintaining cardiorespiratory and muscular fitness, and flexibility in healthy adults.”

Dr. Gaesser has written three books: Big Fat Lies: The Truth about Your Weight and Your Health (Gürze Books, 2002), Eating Well, Living Well: When You Can't Diet Anymore, (with Karin Kratina, M.A., R.D.), (Wheat Foods Council, Parker, CO, 2000), and The Spark: The Revolutionary 3-Week Fitness Plan That Changes Everything You Know about Exercise, Weight Control, and Health, (with Karla Dougherty), Simon & Schuster, New York, 2001.

Dr. Gaesser has presented frequently at local, regional, national, and international meetings on the subject of body weight, fitness, nutrition, and health. He has appeared on Good Morning America, ABC’s 20/20, World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, NBC Nightly News, CNN, Dateline NBC, Leeza, and Home and Family. In addition, he has been a guest on dozens of radio shows in North America and has been interviewed for stories about body weight, fitness, and health for numerous newspapers and magazines throughout the world.

Dr. Gaesser lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, with his wife, Patricia, and children.