What was the reason to use kilograms to measure weight (e.g. body weight, market vegetables etc.) instead of using newtons?
The problem is that while mass is the same everywhere on earth, weight is not - it can vary as much as 0.7% from the North Pole (heavy) to the mountains of Peru (light). This is in part caused by the rotation of the earth, and in part by the fact that the earth's surface is not (quite) a sphere.
When you are interested in "how much" of something there is - say, a bag of sugar - you really don't care about the local force of gravity on the bag: you want to know how many cups of coffee you can sweeten with it. Enter the kilogram.
If I calibrate scales using a reference weight, they will indicate (at that location) the amount of mass present in a sample relative to the calibration (reference). So if I have a 1 kg calibration weight, it might read 9.81 N in one place, and 9.78 N in another place; but if I put the reference weight on the scales and then say "if you feel this force, call it 1 kg" - that is what I get. You can now express relative weights as a ratio to the reference.
All I need to do when I move to Jamaica (would that I could…) is recalibrate my scales - and my coffee will taste just as sweet as before. Well - with Blue Mountain I might not need sugar but that's another story.
So there it is. We use the kilogram because it is a more useful metric in "daily life". The only time we care about weight is when we're about to snap the cables in the elevator (too much sweetened coffee?) or have some other engineering task where we care about the actual force of gravity (as opposed to the quantity of material).
So why don't we call it "mass"? Well, according to http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=weigh, "weight" is a very old word,
The original sense was of motion, which led to that of lifting, then to that of "measure the weight of." The older sense of "lift, carry" survives in the nautical phrase weigh anchor.
Before Newton, the concept of inertia didn't exist; so the distinction between mass and weight made no sense when the word was first introduced. And we stuck with it...
Yes. When we use kilograms to measure weight, we are actually referring to $kg_f$ or kilogram-force.
From Wikipedia: One kilogram-force is equal to the magnitude of the force exerted by one kilogram of mass in a 9.80665 m/s2 gravitational field.
In other words, the weight(force) of one kg is equal to one kgf, or 9.8N.
So what I understand from reading the other answers is this:
Here on earth: 1 Kilogram of lettuce: Mass-> 1 Kg, Weight-> 1 Kgf
In another hypotetical planet where gravity is half of earth: 1 Kilogram of lettuce: Mass-> 1 Kg, Weight-> 0.5 Kgf
Since there is no practical easy way to measure mass, in everyday life we use the kilogram as a unit of weight assuming that the gravitational field is fairly constant around earth. However scales have to be calibrated locally to compensate the slight gravitational field variation in different places.
Why do we use kilograms instead of newtons to measure weight in everyday life?
The other answers are all very good, but the everyday life answer is that it's because gravity is constant. Yes, I know, it's not really constant, but for most everyday life purposes, it is.
Because gravity is constant, we don't need to distinguish between mass and weight.
In everyday life. For most purposes.