530 Fatties Facebook Page Embarrasses Overweight Teen

    July 23, 2014
    Val Powell
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A Facebook page called 530 Fatties was created to shame overweight people from the 530 Northern California area code. The pictures of the people posted on the page appeared to have been taken without their knowledge. The creator of the page is still unknown.

One of the victims, Jessi Lynn Howell, 18, is speaking out. “It’s really hurtful and it’s really embarrassing,” she said. Pictures of the overweight people also came with captions that mock them about their weight.

Howell thinks that the person taking the snapshots and posting them on 530 Fatties must be from the area. “I know it’s probably someone from around here and whoever it is they need to stop because that’s ridiculous,” Howell said.

According to Howell, the picture that was posted of her was taken back in October when she was about 50 pounds heavier than she is today. She said that she struggled with medical problems and that caused her to be overweight. Today, she is taking medication, which is helping her lose weight.

“I feel so much better like the way I get dressed, the way my clothes fit,” she said.

Most of the photos that were posted on the website reportedly came from Sutter and Yuba counties. A study from UCLA that linked lower income and education levels with obesity showed that the two counties were above the statewide average of 22 percent, with Sutter’s obesity rate at 28 percent and Yuba’s at 30 percent.

On Monday, 530 Fatties was taken down. CBS 13 tried to investigate who was behind the Facebook page and the posts. Upon calling the number on the page, they found out that it was already disconnected.

Howell said that she won’t let this cyber bullying get her down. “I’m not where I want to be, but I’ll get there, I’ll get there,” she said.

Image via NDN

  • jesus

    Too bad the site was taken down; should be one for every area code in the country. It is time we stop being the United States of Slobs.
    Obesity is the major reason health care costs are so high in this country, as well as other social repercussions.
    Put the site back up.

    • Lisa Beth Darling-Gorman

      Jesus, you of all people should know, that he who is without sin should cast the first stone. Funny, I don’t see your picture here. Hummm…….

    • Jason Hutto

      I want the site back up, too. Hay Zoose’s mom was on there.

    • t_girl

      why? shaming people won’t make them who you think they should be, let alone make them who they wish they could be. it does just the opposite. if shaming worked, we would all be perfect, because let’s face it, there are enough assholes out there pointing fingers at someone for something.

  • Lisa Beth Darling-Gorman

    I don’t suppose the page owner posted a picture of themselves. That’s the real problem with this country everybody’s got a mouth but nobody’s got a spine.

  • sherryhollis

    That girl is beautiful !!!

  • slippery johnson

    The site was created by a coward who thinks he’s funny. So everyone in your family is skinny? No fat people? I have a friend who constantly makes fun of fat people and I hate it. I don’t understand how it’s funny. I’ll admit, some people are fat because they have no control and it’s a bit sickening, but I think most have serious issues with weight. The girl in the pic is so damn pretty!! So she’s big, so what?! I’ll take curves over skeletons any day!

  • Hubert Humphrey

    This is ridiculous , Jessi is pretty , if it makes you feel any better I’d totally do you.