Squat toilet

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American squat toilet with tank (Saline, Michigan)
A contemporary Japanese squat toilet including toilet slippers
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A squat toilet (also known as an Indian toilet[1]) is a toilet used by squatting, rather than sitting. There are several types of squat toilets, but they all consist essentially of a hole in the ground. The only exception is a "pedestal" squat toilet, which is of the same height as a sitting toilet. It is also possible to squat over sitting toilets, but this requires extra care as they are not specifically designed for squatting.

Squat toilets are mainly found in Asia, Middle East, Europe, South America and Africa, but less popular in the West.

For a discussion of the comparison between sitting and squatting, see Human defecation postures.

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  1. ^ "Squat toilets in Rochdale shopping centre". BBC News. 15 July 2010.