Holyrood Magazine issue 380 / 10 April 2017

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Scotland’s obesity epidemic including comment from Public Health and Sport Minister Aileen Campbell. Political interview with Scotland’s Brexit Minister, Mike Russell, on the triggering of Article 50. Spotlight on the Scottish Government’s approach to employability support. 


3 Editor’s note

Having a vagina is not shameful, but it is a fact of many women’s lives that despite all the words, despite all the women in power, that they are still having to pay a heavy price for their gender


6  Roundup

Pictures and numbers from the past two weeks


7 Talking Point

By jingo, it’s an embarassing time to be British


9 Digital Highlights

The best of Twitter and Holyrood’s online content


10 Political Spotlight

The Scottish Government is taking a different approach to employability support 


13  Political interview:  Mike Russell

On the day the Article 50 letter was delivered in Brussels, Mandy Rhodes sat down with the Scottish Government’s Brexit minister


20  Cover Story: Obesity epidemic

Scotland is becoming a nation of fatties, putting a burden on the health service and the public purse


26  Minister’s Comment: Aileen Campbell

The Public Health Minister looks ahead to the obesity strategy


29  In numbers: The costs of obesity

What is the cost of obesity in terms of household spending, health outcomes and the Scottish economy


32  Q&A: Chewing the fat

Key party spokespeople reveal how being elected has impacted on their healthy behaviours


36 Event Report

Child protection requires honesty and listening


38 Comment

Laura Beveridge: Fostering is not a job, it’s parenting


39 Inbox

The state of the Scottish economy, the electoral system and Stormont


40 Diary

African plonk, African press and Alan’s Ayrshire accent is ‘fast and angry’


41 On the Desk

Ash Denham, SNP MSP for Edinburgh East talks us through her desk


42 Last Word

Sketch: Who could have predicted that Taking Back Control would mean going to war with Spain?

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