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I believe it was the reduction in the incidence of diverticulitis that was the strongest argument in favor of squat toilets. Remember the "Royal Throne" design is only a few hundred years old - the theory goes that our biology evolved for the squat configuration and the seated posture produces unhealthful stresses in those so prone. The seminal case study as I recall was that the incidence of diverticulitis in Japan - nearly non-existent before WWII - increased significantly in the post-war era when the Allies introduced the western style toilet...http://www.toilet-related-ailments.com/diverticulosis.html
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