Doug Sellman seems to have the monopoly on dopey ideas.
His latest mad rant is to call fast food an addiction.
Addiction expert and researcher Professor Doug Sellman is director of the National Addiction Centre in Christchurch.
He told Newshub the fast food industry thrives on people eating it more, and the moreishness of particular brands lies in the engineered combination of fat, sugar and salt in its products. These are all ingredients New Zealanders consume far too much of already.
“Fast food outlets facilitate overeating through convenience, low price and provision of energy-dense moreish food, and therefore are an important factor in the New Zealand population eating too much.
“Not everyone with food addiction is obese and not everyone with obesity has food addiction. However, in our experience there is a very strong relationship between the behaviour of food addiction and the medical condition of obesity.”
Prof Sellman says it is possible to become addicted to fast food. Read more »