Distraction is a great way to divert yourself from bingeing on junk food during times of stress. The key is to find something that you actually enjoy doing - whether it be taking an aromatic bath, watching a chick flick or spending the 10 dollars on a massage, instead of food. By creating more 'venting' options, Burrell believes that you can reshape your emotional dependency on food.

Heather agrees, adding that by setting herself a goal of reading a book a week, she filled the void that was once reserved for lollies and chocolates. If you feel that the problem is progressing to a binge eating disorder, it's vital that you seek professional advice - either from your doctor, counsellor, dietitian or nutritionist.

By identifying and hopefully overcoming the underlying reasons for comfort eating, you are giving yourself permission to enjoy a happier, healthier and more sane existence.