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1. (WO1991008725) FITTED BELT FOR ABSORBENT GARMENT
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WHAT IS CLAIMED IS:

1. A belt for use with an absorbent garment, said belt
comprising two spaced apart laterally extending edges and a means for causing one of said laterally extending edges to have a length greater than the other of said laterally
extending edges when said belt is encircled about a wearer, whereby said belt is fitted to the wearer; said belt further comprising a means for affixing said belt to a disposable assembly.

2. A belt for use with an absorbent garment, said belt
ccxrprising two spaced apart laterally extending edges, at least a segment of each of said edges being arcuate within the plane of said belt and concave in the same direction;
said belt further comprising a means for affixing said belt to a disposable assembly.

3. A belt for use with an absorbent garment and having a
longitudinal centerline, two distal ends generally
isomerically and oppositely disposed about the centerline and two spaced apart laterally extending edges, said belt
cαπprising:

a central segment having laterally extending edges
originating at or juxtaposed with the centerline and
extending laterally outwardly therefrcm in each
direction towards the oppositely disposed distal ends, said laterally extending edges of said central segment being arcuate within the plane of said belt and concave in a first direction;

two intermediate segments disposed outboard of said
central segment, one said intermediate segment being on each side of the centerline, each of said intermediate
segments having an inboard end adjacent to or juxtaposed with said central segment and an outboard end disposed
laterally oppositely 1_herefrom, each of said laterally
extending edges of said intermediate segments being
arcuate within the plane of said belt and concave in a
second direction generally opposite that of said first
direction of said central segment;

two distal segments, one said distal segment on each
side of the centerline, each said distal segment being
between said respective intermediate segment and said
respective distal end, each said distal segment being a generally rectilinear projection of the tangent of the
outboard end of said respective intermediate .segment;
and

a means for affixing said belt to a disposable assembly.

4. A o^rment having a front portion, a rear portion and a
longitudinal centerline, said garment cxsπprising:

a belt having a first face and a second face opposed
thereto, generally centered about a centerline, and
tendnating at two distal ends, said belt comprising:

two spaced apart laterally extending edges; and

a means for causing one of said edges to be longer than the other of said edges when said belt is
encircled about a wearer whereby said belt is
fitted to the wearer; and

a disposable assembly adapted to be affixed to said
belt, said disposable assembly comprising: a liquid pervious topsheet;

a liquid impervious backsheet joined to said
topsheet;

an absorbent core intermediate said topsheet and
said backsheet; and

a means for affixing said disposable assembly to at least one face of said belt.

5. A belt according to any of the foregoing claims having a
finite width intermediate said spaced apart laterally
extending edges and characterized in that said means for
causing one of said laterally extending edges to have a
greater length than the other of said laterally extending edges comprises at least one elastic segment having
differential extensibility, as measured in the lateral
direction, across the finite width of said belt and
preferably characterized in that said elastic segment
πorvαtonically decreases in lateral dimension as one laterally extending edge of said belt is approximated.

6. A belt a<_--»rding to Claims 1, 2 and 4 characterized in that said edges have at least one of nonconcentric or different radii of curvature.

7. A belt according to Claim 6 characterized in that belt has two opposed distal ends and said arcuate portions of said laterally extending edges are selected from the group
consisting of: one or more curvilinear segments, at least two juxtaposed discrete rectilinear segments, and
combinations thereof, and preferably characterized in that said arcuate portion is curvilinear and increases in radius of curvature as a distal end of said belt is approximated.

A garment according to Claims 4 and 5 characterized in that said belt and said disposable assembly comprise an
association with the other selected frαn the group consisting of integral, joined at a proximal end, and detachable and preferably characterized in that either said belt is integral and ccnprises elastic strands; or preferably characterized in that one proximal end is joined to said baάksheet; or preferably characterized in that said belt is refastenably attachable with mechanical fasteners.