Start a Family Food Journal in 3 Easy Steps

Keeping a family food journal is a healthy way to track and manage what your family is eating. See more staying healthy pictures.

More than 12.5 million American kids and teens are overweight, according to the U.S. Office of the Surgeon General, and their parents aren't doing much better -- the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports 67 percent of American adults age 20 and older are considered overweight (and 34 percent are obese).

If you're thinking about putting your family on a diet -- whether it's for weight loss or for a healthier lifestyle -- keeping a food journal can help you reach your goal.

Using a food journal can help you figure out a few key things about your family's eating habits, including not only what foods are being consumed but also how much and how often.

Read on to learn how to get started.