In May of 2012, New York City's former Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed a ban on sugar-laden drinks in any amount larger than 16oz, to affect food carts, delis, concessions, stadiums and other similar locations.

Naturally, the public was outraged.

And why not? If you take the corporate interests out of it (the ones who sell giant-sized sugary beverages) and just focus on the issue itself, you're still stuck with trying to control what people eat and drink through government authority. And that, in my book, is a cardinal sin.

Today, this legislation has been dismissed - as well it ought to have been from the start. But the reasons it was proposed deserve some attention on their own.

The whole impetus of this quest circles around obesity - which authorities in the field have stated time and time again, is significantly connected to the consumption of sugary soft drinks.

Dr. Joel A. Forman, a professor at Mount Sinai School of Medicine said of the legislation when it was first approved in 2012, "I can't imagine the board not acting on another problem that is killing 5,000 people per year. The evidence strongly supports a relationship between sweet drinks and obesity."

He wasn't the only one vocal about it.

"The same way that we've become acclimatized and normalized to sodas that are 32 ounces, we've started to become acclimatized to the prevalence of obesity in our society," said Dr. Deepthiman K. Gowda, professor of medicine at Columbia University. "The reality is, we are in a crisis, and I think we have to act on this."

And they're right.

You don't have to look far to find evidence that sugary drinks are a major contributing factor to weight issues in our country.

I can speak from experience on sodas and weight gain personally. At 22 years old, I was burning through a 12 pack of mountain dew EVERY DAY. It goes down pretty fast when you keep a mini-fridge stocked with it in your office, and get in the habit of sipping on it ALL DAY LONG.

At some point I looked in the mirror, saw the starts of a double-chin grinning back at me, and realized something had gone terribly, horribly wrong. Next trip to the grocery store for cases of soda, I picked up bottled water instead. That single change to my lifestyle cut my weight by nearly 15 pounds in 2 months' time - and made all the difference in the world for my looks. People I barely knew at work would approach me and say how much healthier i looked.

Sounds like this legislation might have helped some people, doesn't it?

Yes. And no.

There's no doubt that we would be healthier as a people, if we placed strict limits on our consumption of sugary sodas - or diet sodas, which are just as bad for us, and possibly worse. There's also no doubt we as a people would be healthier if we shut down every McDonald's restaurant in the country. But this is like pointing out the fact that putting a man behind bars will have a direct effect on his habit of holding up convenience stores at gunpoint.

We SHOULD strive to limit our consumption of things that are harmful to our health. But we should do this as an exercise in discipline - a much lacking character element in today's society.

In a world dominated by convenience and technology and social narcisissm, discipline is perhaps our greatest failing right now. Learn some of that, and you can conquer anything!