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What 'Netflix Addicts' Could Look Like In 20 Years

The effects of binge-watching could take a toll on our bodies.

Researchers in the U.K. have crafted two sculptures that show the physical toll hours of Netflix can take on the human body, from obesity to premature aging to bald spots.

Two human models named Eric and Hannah represent what a chronicNetflix addict might look like in just 20 years.

Eric and Hannah have pasty skin and bald patches due to a lack of sunlight, but the artificial light from their screens have also prematurely aged them and they have some serious under-eye bags.

They're both severely obese from all that time sitting in front of the screen, and their posture is terrible.

Their inactive lifestyles have given them varicose veins, misshapen leg muscles and what's known as "dead butt syndrome".

The researchers explained: "Sitting for too long puts persistent pressure on the pelvic region, which damages your glutes - causing backache, and pain in the hip region and ankles."

But the damage doesn't stop at their bodies. Eric and Hannah also have higher than normal levels of depression and anxiety as "bingeing usually means you sleep less".

The models of a possible future are a grim reminder that while TV and movies may be a welcome comfort at the moment, a harmless hobby can spiral into addiction.