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

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 Pageswhen 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?