I don't know if this qualifies as IRL encounter but calling this 16yo thing healthy is peak 2021
About 6 months into Covid-19 I realized to my horror that the HAES crowd had won. It felt impossible, but this pandemic proved it. There's no fatphobia, there's only HAES and it's completely accepted by the broad US culture. I came to this realization after having run into article upon article talking about "mysterious deaths" associated with Covid-19 of "healthy people". A picture of said people was of course showed and each and every time the person in question was at least obese, if not morbidly obese. One article (that I can't find) went as far ahead and talked about a woman dying from Covid-19 who was otherwise completely healthy aside from her pre-diabetes and mild asthma. I mean, come on, what kind of fucking definition of health is that. There also was a story about a "completely healthy" family of which some 5-6 people had died from Covid-19 and most other family members had suffered from severe Covid-19 symptoms and every single family member was at least obese. What irks me is that you can't even talk about this stuff on most social media, because they've decided to side with the HAES crowd and ban you for "hate speech". It's beyond ludicrous, horrifying and depressing.