Does the fast food industry need to be regulated?Yup. Total neoliberal conspiracy that we don't have minimum purchase ages for food.
Prof Sellman believes only New Zealand's law makers can forcibly change and control the booming fast food industry.
"Government regulation is the answer. It is the tobacco and alcohol industry story all over again.
"The price of freedom from government regulation is enslavement of large numbers of the population to these profit, rather than health-driven industries."
But Prof Sellman isn't optimistic the Government will do anything to effect meaningful change in the fast food industry.
"Unfortunately, we live in intense neo-liberal economic times when public health is given less value by governments to the GDP contribution of big business, while the harms are relatively discounted."
What can be done to combat the booming fast food industry?
Prof Sellman suggests the following measures:
- Dismantle the marketing
- Increase the price
- Reduce accessibility (density of outlets and hours of sale)
- Increase the age of purchase
- More incentives for people to leave their cars at home
But remember, there are no slippery slopes from tobacco regulation to every other damned thing that Doug Sellman doesn't like.