Officer Says She Was ‘Fat Shamed’ Out of the Texas State Guard
A former Texas State Guard officer is crying foul after she says she was 'fat shamed' and kicked out of the Guard. According to KXAN-TV:
“I don’t understand why they’re kicking out people that gained weight?” said Lt. Col. Cendy Brister-Antley. “Are we suddenly less intelligent, because we gained weight?”
Brister-Antley sought out the TV station to change the policies of the Guard. She told the station the Guard did not follow their rules when they discharged her saying her body mass index was under 40, which automatically triggers an honorable discharge. She told the station her BMI is 39.98.
I don't know about this. It seems like this former officer is just looking for attention. The CDC says a BMI of 30 is obese and 40 is considered 'severely' obese. She's right on the edge of being severely obese. She knows their policy. It requires you to be in shape and she is not.
Brister-Antley is a nurse. As a nurse, you would think she would be concerned about her weight. The story says she had been with the Texas State Guard for 13 years. She should've taken action to avoid getting such a high body mass index to avoid being discharged.
The story also says she was discharged back in February. Why did she seek out the news media 8 months after she was discharged? She could've been dropping some weight during that time.
An investigation into Brister-Antley's discharge was conducted by the Inspector General of the Texas Military Department. The report ultimately agreed with her dismissal according to KXAN.
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