Thanks to the growing health and wellness movement, many people are paying more attention to the effects of their everyday habits. Drinking enough water, logging enough steps, and going to bed at a reasonable hour are all seen as respectable, worthwhile goals. For what it's worth, though, this approach to healthy living can apply to your bathroom habits as well. Once you learn about the weird things that happen to your body if you hold your poop, you may never delay a bathroom break again. Basically no good can come from making your body wait.
Granted, there are a few scenarios in which it's difficult to obey the call of nature. When you're traveling, out running errands, or otherwise barred from a bathroom, sometimes you have no choice but to hold it. In general, though, it's better to listen to your body's needs and respond ASAP.
The list of bad things that can result from holding in poop is longer (and grosser) than you probably realized. Not allowing yourself a bathroom break can result in uncomfortable side effects such as hemorrhoids and constipation, as well as more serious conditions that can ultimately require surgery. There is even one sad case of a death resulting from going too long without pooping. The message is clear: when your body says it's time to go, then go.