ALMOST a fifth of year six children in Barnsley are classified as obese.

The alarming figures were revealed as part of Public Health England's 'health profile' for Barnsley, which gives an overview of health across the borough.

Figures show up to 19 per cent, which is 404 year six children aged ten and 11, are classed as obese.

However, this is still slightly lower than the England average of 19.2 per cent.

The report also states that deprivation in Barnsley is higher than the England average, with 75,364 people and 10,700 children living in poverty.

Estimated levels of adult ‘healthy eating’, smoking and obesity are all worse than the England average, as are smoking-related deaths and hospital stays for alcohol-related harm.

It follows news that Barnsley is set for a cut in funding under the government's new health funding formula.

This change in formula means more deprived and unhealthy populations like Barnsley will be given less funding to tackle health inequalities.

Michael Dugher, the MP for Barnsley East, said progress is being made but more needs to be done.

He said: "I'm concerned that the changes to the Clinical Commissioning Group funding formula, which will mean a real terms cut for Barnsley, will make it much tougher to tackle inequality.

"The good progress that's been made in Barnsley is at risk due to the government's funding formula changes and their deep cuts to local services."