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Undoing Diet Culture Thinking

In this episode of What You’re Craving, Molly interviews Jennifer Steinman Sternin, an award-winning filmmaker with over 20 years of experience in television and filmmaking. Jennifer is passionate about creating films that speak to the heart and has gained incredible insights into the human spirit through the process of creating her documentaries, which involves deep dives into people’s lives.

During the conversation, Jennifer discusses the ways she has healed through being of service to others and finding bigger problems than her own, which she feels can help shift one’s perspective. She shares her personal journey of breaking up with diet culture and finding freedom from societal expectations as a woman. Jennifer talks about her struggles with food, eating, and weight and how she continues to work on loving her body, regardless of its size.

Jennifer highlights the need for women to be furious about diet culture, not themselves, and discusses the importance of accepting and loving one’s body for what it is, rather than striving for unattainable beauty standards. Her insights and experiences offer valuable lessons for anyone struggling with similar issues. Join us as we dive into the impact of societal expectations on women’s self-esteem and to learn more about Jennifer’s filmmaking process.

Episode Quotes:

  • “We think it’s an issue about us and our self control, and if were doing it right or wrong or good or bad. We’ve internalized it as our issue, but this is patriarchy working on women… I want women to get furious about diet culture.”

About Jennifer Steinman Sternin:

Jennifer Steinman Sternin is an award-winning filmmaker with over 20 years of experience in television and filmmaking. Jennifer has established herself professionally as a creative storyteller, with a passion for story structure and the ability to tap into the heart, emotion and cultural significance of a story. She directs, produces and edits her own film projects, does commissioned work for various television, corporate and commercial clients, and consults and collaborates with fellow independent filmmakers.

Most recently, Jennifer directed and executive produced, “HI, I’M NANCY RUBIN,” a documentary special for Joanna and Chip Gaines’ MAGNOLIA NETWORK, featuring one of her most influential and inspiring high school teachers, which is now streaming on HBOMAX and DISCOVERY+. Previous films include directing the award-winning documentary short GRAMMA & GINGA: THE MOVIE (PEACOCK); editing the feature film DEAR SANTA (IFC Films, TribecaX Best Feature Winner), and serving as Lead Editor for the Disney+ series PICK OF THE LITTER.

Jennifer lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband Rich, daughter Madeline, and two needy dogs, Roxy and Walter. She currently has two feature films, two short films and a non-fiction series in development, and does speaking engagements around the world.

Connect with Jennifer Steinman:



Instagram: @jennifersteinman


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