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. CBS1 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.
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