ZEELAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- West Michigan is fizzing over a new ban proposed in New York City that would limit the sale of sugary drinks.
The ban will take effect next year. It would not allow restaurants, stadiums, movie theaters or street vendors in New York to sell soft drinks containing sugar in any container larger than 16 ounces.
At the 7-Eleven in Zeeland, owner Mike Meade sells soda's big enough to quench anyone's thirst.
"We fall into the category of feeding people's wants," says Meade. "The big drinks are a lot of sugar to take in at any one time. But its our right and we don't need the government telling us we can't do it."
The Ottawa County Health Department says food or soda regulations are not a priority.
"When it comes to reducing obesity, we're all aboard," says Shannon Felgner, spokeswoman for the Ottawa County Health Department. "However, we're looking more at education than regulations"
Operators of the Holland 7 Theater have no plans to change its soda sizes, but they are offering healthier options.
"We even have an option for kids -- a healthy kids pack," says theater assistant manager Samantha McNicholas. "It comes with a bottled water and a granola bar instead of soda and candy."
Meade says freedom and health don't always go together.
"You're going to have people who are obese, you're going to have people who smoke, who eat too much," says Meade. "That goes along with being a free country."
New York's soda ban would not apply to grocery or convenience stores, or to alcoholic beverages.