Yenni Cedillo

Yenni Cedillo, a student in the UAB School of Health Professions’ PhD in Nutrition Sciences program, earned a poster award from the Research in Diverse Population Section of The Obesity Society (TOS).

Cedillo’s abstract was part of the 7th annual Diversity Tour which is designed to highlight work in the field of obesity that includes a focus on diverse populations. For the honor, she was also invited to deliver an oral presentation about her poster, titled “Differences in Allostatic Load by Length of Residence and Gender among Foreign-born Hispanics,” at the TOS conference held in Washington, D.C.

“I am honored to receive this award,” said Cedillo. “The inclusion of allostatic load, which is a measure of an individual’s physiological dysregulation due to cumulative exposure to environmental, interpersonal, and societal stressors, in combination with acculturation measures in the study of health risks factors could help us to understand better the impact of chronic stress in the study of obesity among Hispanics.”

Cedillo’s research is focused on the influence of stress as a risk factor for obesity in Hispanic population. She hopes for her future research explore more about potential behavioral practices and mechanisms underlying the association between stress and health during lifespan.