Can A Design Solve your Bowel problem?

Squatting vs Sitting

It is estimated that 6.5 million people in the UK today with some form of bowel problem; that’s 1 in 10 of us.

Squatting for defecation continues to be the traditional position in Africa, Asia and some part of Europe, Western populations have compromised wellness for comfort by sitting on toilet seats, the modern toilet was designed to provide luxury and comfort. However sitting on the toilet creates a knot in the colon which leads to straining while defecating and this exposes us to countless of health issues like haemorrhoids, constipation, IBS, colon cancer, etc.

In order to reduce straining during defecation, squatting footstool has emerged on the market, the stool allows you to sit on the toilet as you normally do, then place your feet on the stool, lean forward resting your elbows on your knees. This posture mimics a squatting position and eases straining while enjoying the comfort of the modern toilet.


  • In 2014/15 182 people a day were admitted to hospital in the UK with constipation as the main condition.
  • Constipation has cost hospitals £145 million to treat, using 162,748hospital bed days in the last year alone. This is a significant strain on NHS resources for a preventable, and easily manageable condition.
  • It is estimated that 1 in 7 adults, and 1 in 3 children affected at any one time. Studies have shown that women are twice as likely to suffer from it. Constipation is also common during pregnancy and older adults are five times as more likely to have constipation than younger ones.
  • 2 million people are thought to have chronic constipation in the UK

Average Time Squatting vs Sitting

Time spent for bowel emptying according to posture.
Reduction of time necessary for sensation of satisfactory bowel emptying in the squatting posture compared to either of the sitting positions
Subjective assessment of difficulty in defecating according to posture
The subjective assessment of the difficulty of defecation revealed the squatting posture has easiest for sensation of satisfactory bowel emptying compared with any sitting defecation posture

Sitting vs Squatting

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