NEW figures say that less than 30 per cent of adults in Barnsley eat the recommended amount of fruit and vegetables.

Office for Health Improvement and Disparities figures based on Sport England data show 29.4 per cent of people aged over 16 in Barnsley met the ‘five-a-day’ fruit and vegetable recommendation in the year to November 2023.

This was down from 30.7 per cent the year before.

The figures also show that 67.8 per cent of over 18 year olds in Barnsley are overweight.

Shona Goudie, Food Foundation’s policy and advocacy manager, said: “Fruit and vegetables shouldn’t be a luxury for low-income households but that is the struggle that many families across the UK are currently facing.

“It is critical that government and retailers prioritise making sure that everyone can afford and access a healthy diet.