I firmly believe that the squatting position is the ideal position for evacuating. I always squat, never sit when evacuating. This is the way animals do it in nature - just look at a cat or a dog - and it is also the way everyone except royalty and disabled people did it up until the 19th century. When you sit, the colon is unnaturally compressed, which does not happen when squatting. The sitting position not only makes evacuation much more difficult, but it's also linked to several diseases, including colon cancer, appendicitis and inflammatory bowel disease. I strongly recommend reading this page on the subject.
[Previously, this post was a warning about how squatting on a toilet could be dangerous and the source of nasty accidents. Reading some of the comments has made me see how stupid and silly I was. The only evidence I had were three pictures - possibly photoshoped, possibly fake, taken from a gory-fetish website which I found by chance while searching for information about the squatting position. They showed a woman with an open leg, and it was claimed that she'd suffered an accident while squatting.
It is true that many public restrooms in Asia warn against squatting on the toilet, but maybe that doesn't mean all that much...
I now believe squatting on a toilet is reasonably safe, at least as much as driving a car at 100km/h in a busy road full of trucks, maybe much safer than that; maybe as safe as riding a bike next to a busy street, or perhaps even as safe as crossing a busy street with the traffic lights red...
I would like to offer my deep apologies to all those who have read this silly nonsense, though I know my apologies won't undo anything I have done.
It only shows my capacity of saying idiot things at times. Those pictures were so disturbing that I felt I had to divulge them so that what I saw wouldn't happen to anyone. When I first saw them I thought if I told people about the benefits of squatting - which I wanted to - someone might suffer a gory accident and this simple possibility made me panic.
I acted on impulse, not rationally.
I swear I never had the intention of hurting anyone, or of self-promotion.
Please forgive me. I promise I will never again post a warning without having sufficient evidence and without previously consulting other people whether I should post it or not. ]
Yeah guys! Avoid the awkward 911 call. :)
Those pictures >_/p>
I always squat on the toilet, with the seat DOWN to distribute weight equally.
Accidents like this are rare and happen no matter you sit or squat.
Even if you sit most of your weight is on the toilet, little on your feet.. how come toilet doesn't break under 3-400 lb people?
Because the seat isn't pressing in 2 points only therefore distributes the weight evenly.
No need to worry because most toilets are designed to hold 500-1000 pounds.
Don't sit or squat with the lid down, that would make a nasty accident too.
I have an idea about recessing a regular toilet into the floor so the rim is at floor height with the handle to flush it at knee height, would look cool from the room below...
I'm squatting with the lid down for almost a year now how come I had no accidents?
Did you squat on the lid and had a lot of accidents BananaManiac?
Are you talking from experience?
i'll take the risk. no big deal for me. don't see how I could seriously injure myself even in a case of I were to fall. toilet is pretty secure. time will tell.
I mean the lid, not the seat, as in the thing with no hole...
ID NOT SQUAT! because when you sit the weight is different your feet is on the ground and you could jump off the toilet if you noticed it shattering. Ive seen toilets in EU having breakage from squatting its more popular to squat there than in US.
Hi Jolita! In which country did you see people squat in Europe? I live in France, went to many countries and have never seen that...
Oh now that I think about it, you must talk about public toilets. But you must have seen old toilets then. In the new ones they always put sits. People don´t like the other type, they are always so dirty and you don´t know where to put your feet.
How about using a little footstool so you can balance on the toilet better?