But Thanit says that there is more to it than that. What is for certain is the need to reduce the consumption of sugary drinks in order to cut the risk of childhood obesity, which in turn can result in more serious health issues later in life, including diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, respiratory problems, sleep disorders and liver disease.
Childhood obesity increases the risk of obesity, NCDs, premature death and disability in adulthood, according the WHO. Psychologically, being overweight affects self-esteem and can lead to depression and social isolation. Citing data from the WHO, Thanit said that obesity is a huge public health issue in Thailand, now second in Asean in terms of obesity prevalence, behind Malaysia.
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In , Thailand implemented a new excise tax on drinks with sugar content in an effort to put pressure on manufacturers to cut the amount of sugar they put in their products. A further tax expected to be imposed in October. However, Thanit is of the opinion that it's hard to be sure whether this will be effective. But for consumers for whom price is not a factor, taxes are unlikely to affect them as much.
They probably won't care too much if the price of their favourite beverage rises by, say, 5 baht. Telling consumers to cut their sugar intake, said Thanit, ignores the complexity of the issue. It is important to first understand that Thailand is in an obesogenic environment: the abundance of food here can lead to excessive weight gain and obesity. The more diets people have, the more they eat.
Of course, state support is paramount but Thanit believes that only campaigns which are based on positive reinforcement ideology will work, by introducing consumers to healthier choices of foods but letting them decide. This way they will feel encouraged towards behavioural adjustment instead of threatened.
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We help them identify behaviours, like what they eat over a hour period, and let them see for themselves which food is beyond the body's requirement, before helping them adjust their daily intake in such a way that they're still happy. Self-mortification never creates long-term outcomes.
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The ice cream truck was actually designed well before the driver himself, and Black' s incarnation took six months and many concept sketches to finalize. While the designs for the vehicles have progressed steadily, care has been emphasized to keep them rooted to the simple yet unique ice cream truck structure, something that has become harder and harder for the team as the games go on.
In Twisted Metal: Black , Sweet Tooth had a big make-over design-wise, giving him a more maniacal homicidal appearance. His personality also changed and became much darker. His background was expanded upon, stating he was a wanted mass murderer that survived the electric chair , to later end up at the Blackfield Asylum. It's revealed that the flames on his head were product of a curse imposed by the Black character Preacher, the driver of Brimstone , before execution. He was cursed with the burden of the fires of Hell upon his head, which burns him endlessly and causes him pain.
However, in his ending Calypso reveals that in order to break the curse, he'd have to renounce to his obsession for murdering innocents, to which Sweet Tooth responds by killing Calypso himself.
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Sweet Tooth also has an unnamed younger brother who drives Yellow Jacket alongside a dead zombified Charlie Kane. However, due to the surreal setting of Black and his apparent disconnection from the mainstream games, the game's plot is considered an alternative storyline. In Twisted Metal: Lost, it is said in the bio of Yellow Jacket that his brother and Charlie were attempting to kill Needles, then themselves, to "end the bloodline of generations of murderers and psychopaths.
In this game, Sweet Tooth is the youngest and most mischievous kid in the contest, and enters looking for some ice cream. Sweet Tooth is also an unlockable character in War of the Monsters for the PlayStation 2, a game in which Incognito used the TM:B engine to make a movie monster fighting game.
One of the characters, Agamo, has Sweet Tooth as the fourth skin. To unlock it, one must beat the story mode of Twisted Metal: Black with Sweet Tooth and have the save on the memory card. Sweet Tooth is represented by a tall mech with the signature flaming clown head, and often breaks out in his usual laughter throughout the game. Sweet Tooth's ice cream truck appears as a vehicle customization in the Psyonix game Rocket League. Sweet Tooth was placed second by Joystick Division on its list of "The Top Ten Video Game Clowns Of All Time", remarking he "has become one of the most recognizable figures in the Playstation portion of the video game world,"  while GamesRadar listed him as one of the scariest clowns in videogames, stating he is "[p]erhaps the only other whiteface to rival Kefka in terms of fame, the rampaging maniac of Twisted Metal has become the franchise's principal icon",  and PlayStation Official Magazine ranked him as the seventh best clown on PlayStation.
GameSpy placed him third in their list of top villains in games. Frosty Treats, Inc. The Safety Clown is a set of decals on their ice cream trucks and directs children to cross the street behind the van so that passing cars are more likely to see them.
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Frosty Treats' CEO, Carl Long, stated testified that "they don't look the same way, but if the Safety Clown had a brother who was nasty and mean, it would look somewhat like Sweet Tooth. Sony Computer Entertainment America, Inc. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit ruled against the trademark claim because, even if Sweet Tooth was derivative, it was unlikely to cause confusion among consumers.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. He did not even have his trademarked flaming hair. From chicken scratch sketches to full blown CG character models, no expense was spared in bringing this mascot character to his current incarnation.
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Stabbed by a maniac serial killer at a local circus, you were killed instantly. Sweet Tooth image marks the first time an artist gave the ice cream truck head a living personality, seeing the clown with such an evil personality inspired the team to flesh out the driver of the truck itself, applying the vibe of the head on the truck to the driver inside. In the following images you can see the attention to detail that went into everything from choosing the right clown head to figuring out what was inside the back of the truck itself.
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