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How Much Do You Weigh?: The Stigma Defying Photobook [Kindle Edition]

Erin Nieto , Sheila Daniels
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Book Description

A book. With pictures. Of women just like you. And in plain sight for all to see, the number that their scales read that morning. No apologies. No hedging. Letting it be what it is and opening up the secret for you, stigma be damned.

Surprise and serendipity await.

“Next time I go out with my friends, I’m bringing this book. I know it will spark some great conversation. And maybe we’ll be brave enough to tell each other the number that has too much control over our lives. The stigma lifts one person at a time.”

"The effect of 'How Much Do You Weigh?' in addition to confronting the taboo against publicly announcing/broadcasting the particulars of one’s weight, is that it recalibrates our ideas of what certain numbers on the scale are supposed to look like. If 180 pounds sounds “fat” in theory, it doesn’t necessarily look it in reality, which makes the whole enterprise of weight measurement — and, by extension, BMI — rather meaningless. --Anna Holmes, The Washington Post

“Nieto has created a vital project tackling a thorny issue." --The Opinioness of the

"Erin Nieto’s project, 'How Much Do You Weigh?'... puts the body front-and-center, challenging us re-think what numbers mean. She counterposes photographs of volunteers with the number on the scale. These women model a refusal to be embarrassed by their weight and show us the imprecision of the number itself." --Lisa Wade, Sociological Images

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  • File Size: 3783 KB
  • Print Length: 70 pages
  • Publisher: Squidbaby Press; 2 edition (October 2, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005S6N8DW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #803,889 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars It was too unfinished... November 23, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
02/22/2014 Update - This review is for the previous edition of this book. The author sent me a note that she has now, indeed, added their stories at the end. I will take a look at it and update this review again at that time.


11/23/2011 - I was impressed by the concept of this book, but it felt unfinished. Very unfinished. I really did want to love it, but I'm left loving the idea of it.

The opening was really well done and the concept was well thought out, but the execution is where this books falls short for me. Let me try to explain...

The book starts out talking about women and how we view our bodies and ourselves. It talks about how the book came about and how they got their models, etc. It then shows photos of volunteer models and what their weight number is, some quotes at the end. But that's it.

I felt too disconnected from the people in the book. Why not give these women a voice? A chance to share their stories. What their weight means to them, why they decided to participate? Give me some information, something. I felt like we needed to know more about them, it was too disconnected. In some ways, I felt like it was almost fake. I mean, we're not supposed to care about that number right? Then why just show me a photo and that number? Why not tell me about the person behind it?

Perhaps the problem comes from the fact that I've seen concept books such as this one done so well in the past (such as the Fearless Women series) that I really was disappointed in the end execution. I'm not saying there wasn't value here, but it could have been so much better.

I'd recommend this for those that have body issues (raising hand), but if you're looking for inspiration or if you're looking for stories, this might not be the right book.

Note: The author provided me a review copy of this book at no cost.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How Much Do You Weigh? November 7, 2011
Erin Nieto has written a book called How Much do you Weigh?. The book opens with an introduction that discusses how it's always been inappropriate to ask women how much they weigh. The hypothesis for writing this book was "that making this private, embarrassing information public would be a helpful thing. That it would give the rest of us some kind of real-life compass when we're staring down at our own bathroom scales; an example beyond the Photoshopped 100 lb models in the size zero jeans." Twenty-five women are photographed and quotes are used from from Margaret Mead and Ralph Waldo Emerson. The photos are of women alongside their weights. The women look proud and there is an inner sense of wholeness that each of them projects. They look happy to be who they are and what they are. The photographer, Sheila Daniels, did a fine job.

This is an interesting and particularly relevant project for this day and age where women are culturally blasted with the message that it's not enough to be thin - we should be thinner. We are asked to compare ourselves to computer generated photos of women who have weight taken off their pictures and they look like they are anorexic, bulimic, or addicted. I applaud the author and photographer for this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the read...thought provoking. October 12, 2011
This is a definite must read for woman! It is short and sweet and is the perfect catalyst for how women, especially in America should view themselves in a more positive light that does not revolve around weight. Loved it. Would like a bigger, longer version that goes even deeper.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I got it! December 21, 2012
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Yeah! Funny, but I was looking through books offered free this morning......and there it was. But Amazon said that I already had the book? Odd. There it was on my Fire.....because it has photos. But I had never looked inside! I am 65 years old, born 10 lbs plus, and have very literally suffered ALL of those years because of my NUMBERS! For me, this book was a memory book of lovely sizes I have been....on my way up to the size I am......and still suffering. Worse now because of recent painful comments from once loved family members. I have truly accomplished a great deal in my life but all that is left to say about me is my weight?

Several low rating reviewers remarked that the book isn't finished. But that's the point, don't you see? This culture we struggle to live in never lets it be matter who or what we are, or weigh. I looked into these women's faces and I knew their their stories. Except for this bravest of moments before a camera.

I feel a huge change inside of me, just from the experience of this one small free book. Thank you so much for this most precious of holiday gifts!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than a number... October 12, 2011
Reading this book was like drawing in a deep, cleansing breath of fresh air! I must admit that when I first glanced at the cover of this book, I had immediate feelings of angst and self-loathing. Like the words, "How much do you weigh" were somehow taunting me. As I read the first few pages, I realized that the feelings of doom that I typically associate with my weight were the target of this book. We as women should not be ashamed of our weight. We should be proud of who we are and all that we have to offer- we are so much more than a number!
As I flipped through the pages looking at the images of beautiful women of all shapes and sizes, I found myself audibly gasping when I saw their weights. I was shocked, and even though I hate to admit it, pleasantly surprised that so many women that I would consider thin in appearance weighed as much or more than I do. Suddenly it occurred to me- I don't think I really know how much any of my friends weigh and I'm sure I've never shared that information about myself either. Then I asked myself, why?
I now have a 10 month-old daughter. More than anything in the world, I want her to grow up to be strong, independent, and above all, proud to be her wonderful self. Reading this book changed my way of thinking. Now I know that I want to raise my daughter so that she is not ashamed of her weight or size. It may be a bit much to think that this book could change the world, but even if it makes a few women feel better about themselves, well, then, I call it a success!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Every woman should read this!
Liberate yourself from the societal pressures of conforming to a photoshopped world of nonexistent beauty. I'm glad I'm not the only one who has ditched the scale. Read more
Published 4 months ago by M. Hurd
5.0 out of 5 stars So exposing!
We live in a world where women can sit around a table and discuss the most intimate details of their sex lives but won't reveal an arbitrary number. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Alexis Hadden
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Interesting perspectives, thoughtful and honest comments from each model about how society has molded their views on their bodies and weight and/or why they participated in this... Read more
Published 10 months ago by stephanie wagner
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
not really that interesting since there are no heights to go with the weights.
Published 10 months ago by CLC
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this.
I've just begun to realize how much head time I'm devoting to the entire "beauty" concept; diet, exercise, etc. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Lovesnow
1.0 out of 5 stars Just silly
I don't quite see the purpose of publishing this book - the photos are just bad. Granted, these are not professional models, but the photographer is a pro (From what I understand). Read more
Published 10 months ago by Kristianna
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice approach.
These illustrations are a nice approach to an age old topic for our generation. Within its pages you will find the encouragement you need to keep going and better yet to appreciate... Read more
Published 15 months ago by H.C. Heartland
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Angle on our Self Perceptions
I got this book on my Kindle. I was amazed at the pictures. I think this is a great book to highlight the stigma people's weight cause.
Published 17 months ago by Lori Ann
3.0 out of 5 stars How Much Do You Weigh
This is an interesting idea, and the photography was great. I am sure the women who participated felt empowered to share their weight. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Debbie Leone
5.0 out of 5 stars This book should be used as an educational tool for teenagers
This is an amazing book to show women (or men) how the number on the scale can be different than what we visually expect.
Published 18 months ago by Lisa Ekelund
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More About the Author

Erin Nieto is a former instructor of Academic Writing and English as a Second Language at the University of Illinois.

An avid blogger, she published her weight on her blog,, early in 2011, which led to a further exploration of the taboo of weight, and, ultimately, the photo project which makes up the book "How Much Do You Weigh?".

It is her greatest hope that the book can act as a catalyst for dialogue on this subject, which we are implored not to discuss, even with those that are closest to us.

She is mom to two and also writes a regular column for She lives in Urbana, IL.

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