Americans are seeing a spreading awareness of the importance of good posture on the toilet. (I hesitate to call it a “movement” for obvious reasons.)
A sentiment which began many years ago and has since gathered steam holds that squatting during defecation is far more comfortable, easeful and safe than the traditional 90-degree seated position we all grew up with. The Squatty Potty is one of many products capitalizing on this trend, although common sense also dictates that you could achieve largely the same effect with a simple footstool.
Interestingly, the tradition of sitting upright during pooping is fairly recent, and not at all the product of safety or convenience:
The first seated toilets ever built were used primarily for royalty and the disabled. However, after the advent of indoor plumbing in the 1800s, the water closet was adapted with a “porcelain throne” to fit the average home. That meant common folk could now poop in a “civilized” manner — just like the queen. But prior to that, our ancestors were squatting to relieve themselves, much like any other mammal. In fact, squatting is still the primary method for pooping in many cultures. Just visit any European, Asian or Middle Eastern country and you’ll soon discover that many public bathrooms consist of squatting toilets.
And indeed, the pendulum is swinging back. And not a moment too soon either: our poorly postured habits lead to greater strain, which can create issues from hemorrhoids to anal abscess.
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