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“Reading this book was like drawing in a deep, cleansing breath of fresh air!”
"Infernal Question": a review of the second... →
“By posing proudly with their weights, these women reassure others that this number says nothing about their worth, their beauty, their health. Like most taboos, when exposed to light, the number loses its power to shame. By sharing their weight in a public forum, these women have not lost a bit of their beauty or worth. It’s just there, a series of digits signifying little more than...
The Weight of Words: ‘How Much Do You Weigh?’... →
From the Opinioness of the World’s blog: “Nieto has created a vital project tackling a thorny issue. We need to dialogue about weight, beauty and sexism in the media. Maybe then we can de-stigmatize our weight and foster positive body images. Women’s bodies come in all shapes and sizes. As someone who’s gained weight, I know it’s so much easier said than done. But we must stop...
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“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. ‘People come away very surprised by the numbers,’ says Nieto”
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“I grew up feeling awkward about my body, and as a preteen I started hating my outside. I wanted it to be as beautiful as I knew I was on the inside and I was depressed. I began a struggle with self-injury and eating disorders that lasted many years and will never be forgotten. I’ve come to love myself and realize that my beauty is not based on my weight. I hope this project will...
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"How Much Do You Weigh?" Review on Geek Mom! →
“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.”
Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.– Henry David Thoreau
“I’ve grown up feeling judged by my size first and other factors second. This is probably an experience many women have, not just large ladies like me. We’re so obsessed by slimness and the obesity ‘epidemic’ and the BMI, it makes me preposterously cranky. Women are encouraged to go on a diet until they’re too skinny, then they’re told to eat a sandwich....
A Sense of Scale for the Holidays →
With the holidays approaching, weight anxiety can consume our holiday cheer. Enjoy yourself and send the shame packing!
The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is...– John Burroughs
Article about the HMDYW project on the... →
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else...– Ralph Waldo Emerson
A good book has no ending.– ~R.D. Cumming
Reviews from advance readers
“Powerful and empowering” “Nice book, great idea, and good conversation starter” “Lovely….addresses such an important topic”
I think the reward for conformity is that everyone likes you except yourself.– Rita Mae Brown
Boldness has genius and power and magic in it– Goethe
Fact: Cake is not evil. There is no such thing as a bad food, nor is there such...– Lesley Kinzel, writing for xoJane (via lenachen)
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Waking Up Full of Awesome →
There was a time when you were five years old, and you woke up full of awesome. You knew you were awesome. You loved yourself. You thought you were beautiful, even with missing teeth and messy hair and mismatched socks inside your grubby sneakers. You loved your body, and the things it could do. You thought you were strong. You knew you were smart. Do you still have it? The awesome....
What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.– Plutarch
And that's a Wrap!
Thank you, ladies, one and all, for your participation in our project! We will be hard at work for the next little while getting all of the details of the book completed; looking to publish at the end of the summer. Stay tuned!
One Last Photo Shoot
Last photo shoot scheduled for 7/23 We are currently signing up our last group of women for the photo shoot that will finish out our book “How Much Do You Weigh?”. If you live in central Illinois and would like to take part, please contact us by July 22nd. We are particularly interested in signing up women who are over 45, but would like to give a chance to all who have an interest. Please see...
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This is a call to arms. A call to be gentle, to be forgiving, to be generous...– Oprah Winfrey
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Taking joy in living is a woman’s best cosmetic.– ~Rosalind Russell
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“Something tells me that you think about these things, that some of these questions rattle around in your head too. But they are sequestered there, right? Because you are not allowed to ask them. But is this healthy? Is this healthy for us to spend so much time fixated on things we are implored not to discuss?”
I took a deep breath and listened to the old bray of my heart. I am. I am. I am.– - Sylvia Plath
A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it’s...– Margaret Mead