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Published May 31, 2012, 10:13 PM

New York's potential soda restrictions elicit local reaction

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - There's no denying America and the world have obesity issues, but some are now arguing how New York City's mayor wants to battle it is the real issue at hand. Mayor Bloomberg is proposing strict restrictions on the amount of pop someone can buy at a ballpark, grocery store, movie theater and the list goes on.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - There's no denying America and the world have obesity issues, but some are now arguing how New York City's mayor wants to battle it is the real issue at hand. Mayor Bloomberg is proposing strict restrictions on the amount of pop someone can buy at a ballpark, grocery store, movie theater and the list goes on.

The largest cup at local movies theaters is 44 ounces. If Mayor Bloomberg's proposal would pass, the new largest cup a movie theater could sell is 16 ounces or less.

Ajor Lara-Neveaux – Fargo: “In the only situation where this would make somewhat sense a little bit of sense would be if we had a socialist type healthcare system like Canada does where the people are paying for someone's healthcare.”

That was the only person we found today who could see a pop restriction like this ever being OK. The latest weapon in the fight against obesity, is grabbing headlines, but more so because nearly everyone seems to think it's ridiculous. Many arguing it's too much government control and say it won't stop people from getting the amount of pop they want.

Thom Carhart – Moorhead: “I drink enough pop so I could probably cut down myself, but I think it should be the people’s decision.”

Mara Paulson – Fargo: “If you want to be healthier I think it's up to you. It's not up to someone else to tell you what you can't buy.”

Doctors do say if you have a 20 ounce pop every day and you cut that out, a person could lose 25 pounds in a year.

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