McDonald's and its namesake charity Ronald McDonald House are compared to the late Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar.
Canterbury Medical Officer of Health Alistair Humphrey made the comment after he joined a chorus of medical professionals as he spoke out against the charity that supports sick children and their families.
The Public Health Association's Otago-Southland branch called for the charity house to not be included in the future rebuild of Dunedin Hospital.
McDonald's And Charity Likened To Pablo Escobar Drug Cartel
Humphrey told Stuff that McDonald's has made a lot of money "out of selling a product that is killing a lot of New Zealanders".
He included the fast-food giant and its charity to Pablo, who was revered for building homes for the homeless and poor in Colombia, despite killing 4000 people.
About 4 million people have been dying from obesity each year, including 3000 in New Zealand.