The way we poo may be all wrong – here’s how to do it properly

A German author tells us the right way to poo.

Pile of loo rolls

We may not like to talk about our toilet habits, but it’s a universal action that binds us all, unless, of course, you’re actually doing it right. But as it turns out, many of us may being doing it all wrong. With Bowel Cancer Awareness month beginning tomorrow, we thought we’d share with you the secret of how to poo properly, according to Charming Bowels' author Guilia Enders.

Ms Enders, who is studying for her medical doctorate in microbiology, claims that we should be squatting – not sitting – on the toilet bowl when we poo.

Enders says that there are various studies that show if we want to poo more efficiently, we need to squat. It has something to do with the closure mechanism near the rectum, which doesn’t completely open during sitting down or standing up. Evidently, it’s as if this ‘hatch’ acts simialr to a kinked hose when we sit or stand. Supposedly, squatting is a more natural position for enabling the easy passage of poo, as it puts less pressure on our behinds.

Ms Enders says, “1.2 billion people around the world who squat have almost no incidence of diverticulosis and fewer problems with piles. We in the west, on the other hand, squeeze our gut tissue until it comes out of our bottoms."

However, if you’re not one for squatting, you can achieve a similar effect by placing a little stool (no, not that kind of stool!) under your feet and leaning forward when you’re on the loo. Or you could try a couple of books. (Jeez, where’s the Yellow Pages when you need them?)

Bowel cancer is a silent killer that claims the lives of 77 Australians each week and is Australia’s second biggest cancer killer. Bowel Cancer Awareness Month has a simple message: saving lives through early detection. And one of the best ways to find out if you have a problem ‘back there’ is to learn more about how your bum works.

If you want to find out more about Bowel Cancer Awareness month, or more about bowel cancer in general, visit

How do you poo? Have you been doing it wrong all this time?

Read more at The Guardian.



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    28th Jan 2018
    I think it has more to do with our western diet than with the way we sit on the loo.
    Those who do squat to poo are also members of less developed nations whose diets still reflect their natural foods. Far less sugars, refined starches & carbs, virtually no modified corn products & much less animal proteins & far more roughage in their diets. And of course the biggy, virtually no junk foods like our overly plentiful fast food giants.
    25th Jun 2018
    Use a lot of Olive oil - Virgin or extra virgin then you will see how quick you poo he he he I only fry and use with salads every day and my poo is great ...a bit smelly but no effort to poo at all I just seat then it comes running out ..... great feeling when unload the extra weight and feels good

    Try it ..... use Olive oil in everything you can and see the cleaning results .... even all the junk food is clear out so go to Mac Donald's and have a few Cheese burgers then have a few drops of Olive oil ....
    2nd Jul 2020
    Thanks for your information,i plant OLIVE tree
    31st Oct 2019
    I guess those that squat do not have the knee issues many of us have? I'd end up falling on my ar$e!
    10th Dec 2019
    you would come to a sticky end falling on your arse post poo, Bundabergian
    Golden Oldie
    13th May 2020
    I would probably not be able to get up again. Search for Western style toilets in Thailand was a problem at times about 20 years ago when on holidays and I am less git now.

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