Children should not be given fizzy drinks because they contain dangerous amounts of sugar, UN health chiefs said yesterday. They also warned adults should halve their average intake to six teaspoons a day to avoid obesity, heart disease and other serious illnesses. The guideline amount has been slashed dramatically amid fears that sugar poses the same threat to health as tobacco. Read more >>
The cartoon by Mac from the Daily Mail shows a meeting of Sugarholics Anonymous (an obvious reference to Alcoholics Anonymous). A group of obese people are sitting in a circle in what is possibly a church hall. One of them is confessing that he has a secret stash of sweets in his sock drawer. The vicar (who seems to be the group leader) is applauding (or clapping). Some of the other sugarholics (a made up word based on 'alcoholic') look like they're suffering from withdrawal symptoms - just like alcoholics or drug addicts do when they give up their habit.
Other words which use the suffix -holic to an indicate addiction to something include chocoholic, workaholic, and shopaholic.
• Cartoon by Pugh (Daily Mail)